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Avoidable Blindness-Free Villages

Avoidable blindness-free (ABF) villages are communities where nobody is blind from a cause that can be avoided or prevented. Declaring a village this way means that its residents have been visited by community health workers and had all curable eye health problems resolved through proper care, and also that the village will have ongoing access to eye health care. This means that nobody there will ever be needlessly blind again!

Did you know that 80% of blindness is avoidable?

Yet, millions of people suffer from avoidable blindness. The ones who suffer most, often live in conditions of extreme poverty without access to the care they need, or the ability to pay. But there is hope. Starting with our community health workers.

Sustainable Development Goal #5: Gender Equality
Why is avoidable blindness a gender issue? Click below to read how we're addressing gender-related avoidable blindness issues.
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Read our Winter SightLines
For children like Soyal, the gift of sight means the gift of education. Thanks to donors like you, he received sight-restoring cataract surgery. Now he can see again and is thriving in school.
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