Our mission

Help to improve the learning ability of schoolchildren in Ethiopia, whose ability is held back due to eyesight problems.

Project Justification:

Many school children in Ethiopia have bad school results because of bad eyesight; they are unable to read the study materials or to read from the blackboard and they consequently "drop behind". In Ethiopia, they may often be labeled as stupid or lazy while in fact they have bad eyesight, often due to a refractive error.

Vision problems can and do affect the physical, intellectual, social and emotional development of children. Early detection of vision problems will provide school children with a greater opportunity for success in their education and their future life.

Vision screening in primary schools can help to identify these children and provide them with suitable spectacles. Children involved in the pilot project have shown improved school results straightaway.

"Eye problems have been recognized worldwide as one of the major public health problems, particularly in developing countries where 90% of the blind live, and international action to prevent avoidable blindness has been gaining momentum over the last decade. According to the WHO about 37 million people are blind and 124 million people have low vision worldwide." "Based on the current estimated population size of Ethiopia, which is 75 million, overall there are 1.2 million blind people, 2.8 million people with low vision, 9 million children 1-9 year of age with active trachoma, and 1.3 million adults with Trachomatous trichiasis. Over all 600.000 blind individuals, and for over 1.1 million people with low vision. About a million individuals with low vision need spectacles to correct their vision."

Source: National Survey on Blindness, Low vision and Trachoma in Ethiopia, Federal Ministry of Health of Ethiopia.

33,4 percent of Ethiopians with low vision are due to refractive error (needing spectacles). In this way, BSBL also makes a contribution to the "Vision 2020 RIGHT TO SIGHT" objective of WHO (World Health Organization) and the millennium goal 2015, "Education for all children of the world."

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