Gender inequalities in vision loss

The oldest of five children, Thandiwe in Zambia has always looked after her younger siblings. When the village borehole broke down, she had to fetch water from the river, and her family couldn’t wash as often. Thandiwe noticed some of her siblings had itchy, red eyes. Soon, she developed the same eye condition. Her left… Continue reading Gender inequalities in vision loss

Think of the children

As vice-president of International Programs, I am frequently in close contact with people in India and Africa. When I’ve visited these places, I’ve been struck by the vulnerability of children living in poverty. When poverty leads to blindness, it’s truly heartbreaking because there is little hope without outside help. Countless children miss out on an… Continue reading Think of the children