Orbis tackles avoidable sight loss with latest appeal

‘See My Future’, Orbis’ latest appeal, launched today in an effort to reduce avoidable sight loss in Nepal which is acting as a barrier to education for approximately 300,000 children.

Nepalese children are dropping out from school due to treatable issues such as refractive errors, cataracts and strabismus, impeding their ability to see the blackboard, textbooks and their teachers. In some cases, children are also leaving school to care for an adult with sight loss.

The money raised via the appeal, which will be matched by the UK government, will go directly towards expanding Orbis’s project in Nepal which screens and treats children with sight loss, enabling them to attend school and face a brighter future.

“With a simple eye exam and a pair of glasses, a child’s life can be transformed,” says Rebecca Cronin, Orbis UK CEO. “Clear sight opens up a future of possibilities – children can return to school, play with their friends and contribute to society, breaking the cycle of poverty.”

Find out more about the appeal.

Penny Appeal supporting Kenyan mothers and babies with latest appeal

Penny Appeal is looking to support some of the most vulnerable mothers and babies in Kenya, where maternal mortality rates are some of the highest in the world, through its ‘Fragile Lives’ campaign.

Public donations, which will be matched by the UK government, will help support over 400,000 people access better medical services, maternal healthcare, child nutrition and screening services.

Aamer Naeem, Penny Appeal CEO says: “We are overjoyed to be working closely with the UK government to facilitate real and positive change for mothers and babies, which will help determine the strength and success of future generations.”

Find out more about the appeal here.

Amref Health Africa UK launches ‘Health in Her Hands’ campaign

Amref Health Africa launched ‘Health in Her Hands’ today (8 March), a new appeal which will support frontline health workers who are saving and changing lives across Africa.

Sub-Saharan Africa is home to 11% of the global population – but only 3% of the world’s health workers. Worldwide, a shortfall of almost 18 million health workers is projected by 2030.

“Investing in female health workers is vital if this trend is to be reversed,” says Amref Health Africa UK’s Chief Executive, Frances Longley. “When they’re equipped with the right tools and training, women have the power to transform the health of some of the most remote and marginalised communities in Africa. They’re on the front line of change – and Amref Health Africa is determined to help them succeed.”

The funds raised through ‘Health in Her Hands’ will be used to strengthen health systems, train health workers and improve access to services. Furthermore, as a UK Aid Match appeal, every public donation will be matched by the UK government.

Find out more here.