Help to Bring the Issue of Global Blindness to the Forefront
As one of the largest organizations that provides direct delivery service of eye care in the developing world, VOSH Chapters have the potential to make a significant contribution to alleviating the global burden of blindness and visual impairment by simply recording our data.
As direct delivery providers, we have the benefit of seeing many people from different communities around the world and we can easily incorporate surveys as part of our mission that can help with epidemiological studies in identifying the visual needs of a specific community.
One of the priorities of VISION/2020 is identifying communities with visual disability due to uncorrected refractive error (URE). VOSH projects can be an invaluable source of information for determining the prevalence of eye diseases and blindness from URE and an excellent way to rapidly assess the state of eye care in an underserved area. These projects can identify which communities are most in need and which communities are more likely to pay for eyeglasses and eye care. Different levels of poverty and accessibility require different types of approach to best alleviate the burden of uncorrected refractive error.
Our data can be an invaluable tool for advocacy groups like Brien Holden Vision Institute, Vision Impact Institute, Eyelliance, and other partner organizations with whom VOSH is working to bring the issue of global blindness to the forefront, so that it can be recognized as a public health concern to the same degree as malaria and river blindness is today.