Since you started giving to Orbis’s child eye health program in Vietnam in October last year through GlobalGiving, we have successfully served 3,582 children*.
We screened 722 premature babies for a blinding eye condition called Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP) and referred 22 cases for laser treatment. This condition affects babies who are very premature (those who are born more than 12 weeks early) or babies with low birth weight. As the baby is born early or small, the development of blood vessels in the eye is not complete and may become abnormal, and the baby develops ROP.
It’s important that we screen premature babies for ROP regularly to spot any abnormal growth of the blood vessels in the eye and monitor the growth. If left untreated in later stages, these little ones may become permanently blind. They will have to live their entire lives in darkness and will have to grow up never knowing how their parents look like.
Another 2,788 children received eye examination, spectacles, treatment and minor surgery at Can Tho Eye Hospital.
It is estimated that 80% of learning is visual – without good eyesight, children won’t be able to see their textbooks or blackboard well enough to learn. Some children even drop out of school since it is not meaningful or productive to be in school.
Sometimes, all they need is a simple, cost-effective pair of spectacles.
With the funds raised on GlobalGiving, we conducted eye screenings at schools and gave out correctly prescribed spectacles to students who need them. Many students have given feedback that they are happy that they can finally see clearly and can study and play with their friends!
All these could not have been possible without the support of donors like you. On behalf of the little patients whom we serve and the healthcare professionals whom we mentor and work alongside with – thank you.
*Figures are as of 31 March 2018 as we get quarterly reports from our partners.
A student having her eyes checked
A student choosing her spectacles
A student admiring her new spectacles