An interview with HKI's President and CEO
Have you ever dreamt about having more fun at your job, or wondered why some people really look forward to going to work every day? Ask Kathy Spahn, President and Chief Executive Officer of Helen Keller International, about her work. Even after five years, she still feels rewarded and energized by her job. I recently asked Kathy to tell us about her journey to HKI and what inspires her the most.
Tags: Homestead Food Production, Kathy Spahn, Nepal, Onchocerciasis, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Trachoma, Vitamin A
Categories Africa, Asia-Pacific, Helen Keller, Preventing Blindness, Reducing Malnutrition, Staff Profiles, United States
Homestead Food Production in Bangladesh
Working for an organization with programs that reduce malnutrition (and prevent blindness), as Helen Keller International’s do, has some tasty benefits.
I am traveling with a film crew from Digital Development Communications to create videos of Helen Keller International’s programs in Bangladesh. Our journey has taken us to the southern area of Barisal division, in the sub-district of Barguna. We are working with local partners to implement our Homestead Food Production programs and to establish or re-establish livelihoods destroyed during Cyclone Sidr in 2007.
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.
Cataract surgery in southern China restores sight to low-income, elderly residents.
It seems China is everywhere in the news recently. From stories on its booming economy to reports on its massive modernization drive complete with gleaming new hotels and skyscrapers. Despite these great advancements, elderly people living in some of China’s poor, rural areas − where modernization has yet to arrive − are still suffering from a lack of basic eye care. In fact, there is an unacceptably high rate of cataract blindness in these areas, which is all the more discouraging since cataract surgery is a proven solution that can correct this condition.