A "Clearer" Future for Thousands More Children
Kon Tum, Vietnam – Over 8,800 primary and secondary students will receive free vision screenings, and if needed, free eyeglasses thanks to the expansion of a program that addresses refractive error, called ChildSight®, that launched today in Kon Tum.
The project, which is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through a grant provided to World Learning and implemented by Helen Keller International (HKI), improves the vision of school children by addressing refractive errors, and also trains provincial health personnel in pediatric ophthalmology in order to provide adequate follow-up care for more complicated cases. The goal is to develop a comprehensive and sustainable system of vision care for children that can be adopted by the departments of Health and Education and Training and replicated throughout Vietnam.
The current project will run through July 2012 and will expand HKI’s school-based eye care activities from 10 to 20 schools in Kon Tum city and three surrounding districts.