Project Goals – Eyes of Africa 2020

PROJECT GOALS 

  • Promote world peace and cooperation by curing blindness in every country of the world
  • Fund and encourage the establishment of independent, effective, sustainable national ophthalmic health care delivery systems
  • Promote international relief and sustainable development

THE PROBLEM

  • Of the world’s 42 million cases of blindness, 80 percent could have been prevented or cured by today’s technology.
  • There are approximately 20 million people in the world who are needlessly blind from bilateral cataracts and who could be cured by a simple operation that can often be performed in less than 20 minutes.
  • There are an additional 1-1.5 million cases of new blindness developing each year. In other words, despite the best efforts of the world’s eye care organizations at current funding levels, the world is slowly becoming more blind.
  • No one is immune to cataract. The longer each of us lives, the greater the chances of becoming a victim of this disease.

OUR SOLUTION

We are intending to produce one of the most efficient and effective international fund raising effort ever attempted. Our goal is to provide sight to 5,000 to 25,000 people in one or two days, simultaneous with the initial fund-raising events and simultaneous cataract surgery in every country. The cost of this type of surgery in the developing world is $30 – $50, and one theme of the event will be “One Ticket/Donation” = “One Life with Sight!”.

BACKGROUND

It has taken decades to arrange the formal participation of the world’s acknowledged authorities in eye surgery, epidemiology, and health care planning, as well as the leaders of the major non- governmental organizations and the heads of the two main international coordinating bodies, the Blindness Prevention Program of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness.

OWSP will support the World Health Organization, The Global Initiative, and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness in their efforts to create a global clearinghouse for information pertaining to the elimination of world blindness.

CURRENT GOALS

  • To raise funds for international blindness prevention and treatment activities addressing both relief and development.
  • To provide sight to many of the world’s backlog of 20 million curable blind by financially supporting the ongoing efforts of the world’s eye care organizations with proven track records. In the period of a few days, OWSP- sponsored organizations intend to provide sight to 5,000 to 25,000 people on every continent, simultaneous with the initial fund-raising events.
  • To fund and encourage new initiatives for the ultimate establishment of independent, effective, sustainable national ophthalmic health care delivery systems in all nations by working closely with the Blindness Prevention Program of the World Health Organization.
  • To involve experts in their respective fields at every level of planning and execution to maximize the amount of funds raised and to use the funds most effectively and efficiently by concentrating on an achievable goal – a realistic plan for the elimination of preventable blindness throughout the world.