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Wednesday, 12 October 2011

EU programme to prevent blindness in the Caribbean

A five-year EU-funded programme is helping to prevent blindness in some of the poorer countries of the Caribbean region; Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica and St. Lucia. It is being coordinated by the United Kingdom based Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Sightsavers International, with its partners in the Caribbean.

The multi-faceted project is funding a range of measures from the training of optometrists to the manufacturing of spectacles. On average, Caribbean nations have just one optometrist to 100,000 compared to one to every 10,000 in the United Kingdom. Seventy-four per cent of the programme’s €5,429,856 budget is from EU funds. Underway since January 2010, the programme is giving a boost to Vision 2020, the global initiative to eliminate avoidable blindness by 2020.

Source: ACP-EU Courier

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