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Unite For Sight (UfS) Outreach Programs in Global Eye Care
When it comes to taking care of one's health, eye care is most commonly overlooked, even in the United States. This is a serious issue for many poorer countries where easily preventable eye diseases such as glaucoma and cataracts are still relatively prevalent.
Unite for Sight is a unique non-profit global health delivery organization that empowers communities worldwide to improve eye health and eliminate preventable blindness. They are currently stationed in India, Ghana and Honduras, and have made a significant impact in these regions. So far, they have provided eye care services to about 1,000,000 people, performed 35,646 sight-restoring surgeries and trained 7,100 fellows on how to eliminate preventable blindness.
Design Global Change is currently working with Unite for Sight on redesigning their current instructional diagrams for post-surgery eye care and also creating new graphics explaining eye injuries and diseases, so that people can understand how to prevent and treat them and go for routine eye check ups. These are the Unite for Sight eye clinic partners who are currently using our graphics with the associated research studies to confirm effectiveness:
Kalinga Eye Hospital
Charity Eye Clinic
Crystal Eye Clinic
North Western Eye Centre
COVA Eye Clinic
Moreover, on April 16, 17, our team will join Professor Natacha Poggio at Unite for Sight's 2011 Global Health & Innovation Conference at Yale University, in New Haven. In its 9th edition, the GH/Innovate is the world's leading global health and social entrepreneurship conference (with speakers from IDEO, DesignMatters, Ashoka, Save The Children, Acumen Fund, Design That Matters, MIT Media Lab, and other 200 presenters). Natacha will conduct a workshop on how to "Design for Global Change" (Saturday April 16, 3:45-5:15pm) and also she will introduce "Visual Communication Strategies To Improve Healthcare Understanding" in the Global Health Strategies session (Sunday April 17, 4:15-5:45pm).