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A Call to Action: NGOs Working in Blindness Prevention and Treatment Convene Special Forum to Address Gender and Eye Health
Date:4/28/2009

WASHINGTON, April 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following was issued today by the Seva Foundation:

WHAT: Leading U.S.-based eye care NGOs are collaborating to host, "Seeing Women: Taking on Gender Inequities in Global Blindness and Care." The inaugural Gender and Eye Health advocacy event will explore the links between gender and blindness, poverty, disability and education and discuss proven strategies to address these gaps.

The goal is to build a strong base of support to accelerate action on this important global issue from multiple sources. Evidence exists that gender specific approaches to improve access to services for women and girls works. The blindness prevention community will present examples of programs that have begun to address gender inequity successfully in the health sector and will discuss the relevance of the issue from both a global health funding and women's right perspective.

Event organizers include Helen Keller International, International Eye Foundation, Kilimanjaro Center for Community Ophthalmology, and Seva Foundation. This activity is coordinated with VISION 2020: The Right to Sight, a joint initiative of the World Health Organization and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness.

WHO: Moderator:

  • Victoria Sheffield, President, International Eye Foundation

Presenters:

  • Frances Davidson, Health Science Specialist, USAID
  • Nora O'Connell, Vice President, Women Thrive Worldwide
  • Peter Ackland, CEO, International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness/VISION 2020
  • Kathy Spahn, President & CEO, Helen Keller International
  • Elizabeth Cromwell, Assistant Director, The Carter Center
  • Suzanne Gilbert, Director, Center for Innovation in Eye Care,
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