To fill the gap between gender and eye care US NGOs join hands

US NGOs are determined to solve together the gender inequity in the delivery and uptake of eye care services. They want that millions of women and girls who would otherwise remain blind should have a chance to restore their vision and could attend school, return to work and care for their families.

Event organizers include :
Helen Keller International,
International Eye Foundation,
Kilimanjaro Center for Community Ophthalmology, and
Seva Foundation.

This activity is coordinated with VISION 2020, The Right to Sight, a joint initiative of the World Health Organization and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness.

The VISION 2020 Gender Discussion Group seeks to foster closer collaboration, and explore this vital issue as Gender & Eye Health is the theme of World Sight Day 2009.

The inaugural Gender and Eye Health advocacy event will explore the links between gender and blindness, poverty, disability and education and discuss proven strategies to address these gaps.

There are enough evidence which can prove that gender specific approaches to improve access to services for women and girls works. Almost 45 million bilaterally blind people in the world are female, and 80% of these cases are preventable or treatable.

The blindness prevention community will present examples of programs that have begun to address gender inequity successfully in the health sector and will discuss the relevance of the issue from both a global health funding and women's right perspective.

On Thursday, April 30, 2009, 8:30 - 10:30 AM (EST)l, these leading eye health NGOs are collaborating to organise an inaugural Gender and Eye Health advocacy event in The National Press Club, Holeman Lounge, 529 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC.

For more information, visit www.v2020.org/gender and email gender@vision2020.org

CONTACT: Dr. Suzanne Gilbert, 415-845-8134, sgilbert@seva.org

Source: Seva Foundation

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