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HKI envisions a world where the most vulnerable populations effectively access services and products to prevent and treat blindness, low vision and malnutrition. Spanning 22 countries around the world, our entire organization, including our worldwide staff, our Board of Trustees, and our Senior Leadership Team work tirelessly towards this goal. Our Technical Advisory Committee provides valuable advice and guidance.
HKI’s approach is to develop, pilot and test new community models that prevent blindness and malnutrition. Once we have a successful model, we work closely with local and national governments and organizations to integrate the intervention into the health care infrastructure and take it to full scale so that millions of people in need are reached.
HKI’s programs are designed to promote self-sufficiency. We are teachers who empower people by training them in the skills necessary to ensure their own good eye health and nutrition.
HKI is known for our cost-effectiveness. The strategies, models and community distribution networks we developed to prevent blindness and provide vitamin A have been used as a base on which we have layered new interventions to address other forms of malnutrition – thereby saving even more lives for only a fractional increase in cost.
The results of our collective efforts are dramatic and wide-ranging, and perpetuate the indomitable spirit of Helen Keller and her words,
“The welfare of each is bound up in the welfare of all.”
In addition to our own organization, HKI works with hundreds of partners (see Working Worldwide). Each partner adds something essential to our efforts to nourish families, prevent needless blindness and give children the chance to lead full, healthy lives. In the developing world, where blindness and malnutrition remain deeply rooted in complex circumstances, no organization can go it alone, nor would we want to. As Helen Keller herself once said,
“Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.”