Academic journal article Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness

Grants Support Fight against Childhood Blindness

Academic journal article Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness

Grants Support Fight against Childhood Blindness

Article excerpt

The Pediatric Cataract Initiative, a partnership of the Bausch and Lomb Early Vision Institute and Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF), recently announced it would provide its first set of research grants ($50,000 each) to Lumbini Eye Institute in Nepal and Calabar Teaching Hospital in Nigeria. The research dollars will be used at the Lumbini Eye Institute to study the cost and clinical effectiveness of a comprehensive pediatric cataract surgery follow-up system in western Nepal and adjacent northern India. The outcomes are expected to have a wide-ranging effect on follow-up regimens in developing nations worldwide. The funds designated for Calabar Teaching Hospital will be used to investigate the burden and causes of severe visual impairment and blindness among children in Cross River, a state in southeastern Nigeria that borders Cameroon. The Calabar study is believed to be the first large-scale study of the root causes of childhood blindness in Africa.

An estimated 1.4 million children are blind worldwide, 1 million of whom live in Asia and 300,000 in Africa. The prevalence of pediatric cataract in developing countries can be 10 times more common than in developed nations. Launched in June 2010, the Pediatric Cataract Initiative is the first dedicated global effort aimed at preventing and treating cataract in children, thus reducing incidences of childhood blindness. …

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