Improving access to sight-saving eye health services in Rwanda is the primary aim of CBM’s latest appeal, ‘See the Way’, which launched today (15 February).
As well as improving access to support and treatment, the ‘See the Way’ appeal will raise funds to strengthen eye health systems. Furthermore, as a UK Aid Match appeal, all donations will be doubled by the UK government.
“Some of Rwanda’s most vulnerable people are still living with avoidable blindness and visual impairments. Too often it is these treatable illnesses that stop these people from accessing education and earning a living,”says Secretary of State for International Development Penny Mordaunt. “By providing access to basic eye health services the UK Aid Match ‘See the Way’ appeal will change lives across Rwanda for generations.”
Find out more about the appeal.
Sightsavers launched ‘The End is in Sight’ today (15 February), an ambitious appeal to fund the final push to eliminate the blinding eye disease trachoma.
Trachoma can cause blindness, trapping people in a cycle of poverty despite being preventable.
“It is now within our grasp to be part of history and stop trachoma in its tracks,” says Dr Caroline Harper, Chief Executive of Sightsavers. “This persistent disease blights the world’s poorest communities, yet it is treatable.”
Donations to the appeal, which will be doubled by the UK government, will go towards a project which aims to eliminate the disease in Tanzania.
Through working with communities at the local health facility level, Sightsavers hopes to create positive and lasting change to eye health outcomes. The focus of this project will specifically target people with disabilities, women and the elderly.
Find out more about ‘The End is in Sight’.