International Women's Day - Fund Women's Eye Health Now!
About Campaignends 12 Mar 2017, 11:59 PM
Globally, women bear the burden of blindness. For every man who is blind, there are two blind women.
Gender inequalities in access to information, resources and treatment and low priority to receiving healthcare contribute to the skewed proportion of blind women. Women are one of the most vulnerable and discriminated groups deprived of basic services such as eye care. But why should women live in darkness?
This International Women's Day, let us come together to raise funds for the promotion and provision of eye care services to vulnerable and marginalised women in Asia.
Supporters who donate more than $100 will receive a L'Occitane gift bag. L'Occitane is Orbis's global corporate partner and its foundation supports women leadership and fights global blindness. L'occitane has supported Orbis for 16 years and has raised nearly S$2.5 million. Please leave your e-mail address when you make a donation.
All donations will go towards a fund specially set aside for women.
Some women-centric Orbis programs:
(1) TRAINING health workers in preventing blindness and providing eye health care to women.
(2) EDUCATING women and empowering them to be proactive about their eye health.
(3) ADVOCATING against child marriages. Girls who are married at a young age have a higher risk of giving birth to preterm and low birth weight babies. These babies are at risk of developing Retinopathy of Prematurity. This worsens the teen mother and child's quality of life.
Every 5 seconds, someone in the world goes blind. 285 million people in the world are visually impaired. But did you know that 80% of these cases are preventable? Many do not get the care they so desperately need: 90% of the world's visually impaired lives in developing countries. Lack of training and poor infrastructure is a growing problem. Orbis is an international non-profit organization and a pioneer in global eye health. We transform lives by preventing and treating avoidable blindness. We do this by building the capacities of our partners. We work in collaboration with local hospitals, universities, and governments to provide hands-on training, strengthen healthcare infrastructure and advocate for supportive policies.
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