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Helen Keller International addresses the growing problem of blindness from diabetes
There are a lot of people in the unlit, rather grimy waiting room at the Diabetes Hospital in Chittagong, Bangladesh. I had read the statistics about the burgeoning numbers of diabetics, but it is a different experience seeing the numbers transformed into persons. Despite a certain level of chaos, patients’ needs are being met – their blood sugar checked, nutrition counseling provided, their feet and legs examined for worrisome pain, numbness or ulcers, etc.
Welcome! World Sight Day seemed like the perfect occasion to officially launch Helen Keller International’s new blog, Seed to Sight. Today is a day of global awareness about how to avoid and treat blindness and visual impairment, and our blog is a means to start a dialogue about our programs and the issues we face in preventing blindness and reducing malnutrition around the world. We will also share perspectives and viewpoints from people in the communities where we work.
HKI’s ChildSight® program “brings education into focus™” for an 8th grade student in the Bronx.
I don’t take my 20/20 sight for granted. I’ve worn glasses or contacts most of my life – as do my parents and both my brothers. But I do forget how life-changing my first glasses were. That moment when the world turned from blurry to clear was incredible, not to mention all the possibilities my newly-corrected vision afforded me. I was reminded of how important eyeglasses are to academic and personal success during a recent visit I made with Helen Keller International’s ChildSight® team to Thomas C. Giordano Junior High School in the Bronx, New York.
A famine in Niger is threatening the lives of nearly 400,000 children.
Right now a humanitarian crisis is devastating the lives of millions. But you may not have heard of it. It’s neither the terrible earthquake in Haiti nor the destructive flooding in Pakistan. In the fragile country of Niger, located in sub-Saharan Africa, a food crisis – a famine actually – is affecting over 7 million people, or half of the country’s total population. Children – as many as 400,000 − are dying from starvation and diseases exacerbated by malnutrition.