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Monday, November 07, 2005

One World Sight Project

This non-profit corporation was formed with the objective of treating the curable blind around the world. Citing cataracts as the primary cause of blindness around the world, particularly in developing countries with developing or non-existent health care systems and large indigent populations, and further citing the fact that the treatment is a relatively simple, thirty-minute surgical procedure, they proclaim their intent to help organize and fund the international ophthalmology community's efforts to cure blindness.

On their website they explain that there are 1.5 million new cases of cataract blindness every year, but only 1 million free cataract operations. This imbalance has led to a backlog of 25 million cases of curable blindness. The One World Sight Project (OWSP) hopes to turn this situation around:

"The ultimate goal of this project is to eliminate the backlog of curable world cataract blindness and to strengthen or establish independent, effective, sustainable national ophthalmic health care delivery systems in every country of the world." (quoted from the OWSP website)

They hope to increase the number of surgeries performed by organizing the efforts of the volunteer surgeons, by streamlining and facilitating the volunteers' transportation and accommodation arrangements. They also will promote awareness of this problem, support and expand existing programs that have proven effective, and encourage new initiatives in blindness prevention and treatment until all nations have a sustainable ophthalmic healthcare program.

To help them achieve their goals, they have arranged the advisory participation of leading surgeons and other health experts, leaders of major non-governmental organizations, and the heads of the Blindness Prevention Program of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness.

One World Sight Project, Inc.
360 San Miguel Drive
Suite 404
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Phone: 949-720-0984
Fax: 949-720-1457
Email: info@owsp.org
Web: http://www.owsp.org

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