Because of Physicians for Peace training, a local teacher recognized that Arjay, 6, needed medical intervention to improve his impaired vision.
About 90 percent of the world’s visually impaired people live in developing countries. Impaired vision is debilitating, preventing individuals from obtaining the education or employment that they need to be productive and contributing members of their communities. Our work to enhance vision care is multi-pronged: training teachers to identify and refer early vision problems of their students, mobilizing volunteer optometrists to provide care in underserved areas and improving access to quality care through the establishment of satellite vision clinics.
Local hospitals and clinics in the Philippines
Teach: In addition to working with health care professionals, we train local teachers to identify early vision problems, mobilize volunteer optometrists to provide care in underserved areas, and improve access to quality care through the establishment of satellite vision clinics.
Sustain: Our training efforts in the Philippines are supported by the life-changing donations of eyeglass frames from Supporting Partners such as Visionworks and VonZipper, which sent team members to the Philippines this year to hand-deliver frames.
:: 90 percent of the people who are blind live in the world’s developing countries ::