Seva - Compassion in Action
Your Compassion Can Change The World
Your Compassion Can Change The World
Your Compassion Can Change The World
Your Compassion Can Change The World
Solutions in Sight

Ama's Story
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Two out of three people who are blind are women and girls. Your compassion restored Ama's eyesight, and is helping to increase access to eye care for women around the globe.

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A Seva Story
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This micro-documentary explains the origins of Seva and our work to prevent and cure blindness around the world.

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Let There Be Sight
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Witness a Seva Eye Camp in the Himalayas of Nepal. In Let There Be Sight, Seva donor Turk Pipkin chronicles his journey with a Seva medical team to a remote surgical eye camp in Nepal's Himalayas where hundreds of people had their vision restored. Special thanks to musician and long-time Seva supporter Jackson Browne for use of his song "Doctor My Eyes."

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What Does Seva Mean...
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We asked Dr. Chundak Tenzing, Seva's Sight Program Director: "What does 'Seva' Mean to you?

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Sight in Cambodia
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Many Cambodia children do not have access to eye care services. Seva trains Cambodian doctors and provides infastruction so that Cambodia can provide care to it's own citizens. Last year, over 70,000 children in Cambodia received eye examinations as a result of Seva's work. 1/2 of children who go blind in developing countries will die within the first year. By preventing and treating blindness, Seva provides opportunities for life to children around the world.

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For a Chance to See
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Dhana lives in one of the most isolated, impoverished villages on the planet, Bajura, Nepal, a stunning but unforgiving landscape he has not seen for five years. Dhana Kadka is blind due to cataracts. Despite this, he walked 10km through the rocky terrain of far west Nepal by feel and memory. Kadhka learned that a group of Seva-supported eye doctors were coming for a special visit. So he made the perilous journey on foot for the chance to see.

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AIDS Eye Initiative

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HIV/AIDS staff in Myanmar are trained how to use an indirect ophthalmoscope to detect CMV retinitis.

Is CMV retinitis causing blindness in resource-poor settings? Can eye examinations help early detection of tuberculosis and other opportunistic infections?

The global epidemic of HIV/AIDS is the worst public health disaster since the Black Plague, with 33 million people infected, 20 million dead, and 12 million children orphaned. The AIDS Eye Initiative reduces blindness and mortality of those affected with HIV/AIDS.

The Facts:

  • Over 90% of avoidable blindness in patients with HIV/AIDS is caused by CMV (cytomegalovirus – a cousin of herpes), and there is little capacity to diagnose or treat this infection in developing countries
  • Systemic treatment of CMV retinitis has been shown to reduce mortality in AIDS patients.
  • Retinal examination may improve diagnosis of Cryptococcal Meningitis and TB, two other leading causes of AIDS mortality
Our Solution:
  • Train AIDS doctors to perform retinal exams using indirect ophthalmoscopes
  • Develop and test operations strategies for introducing basic eye screening at primary care clinics
  • Develop the evidence base to support implementing the solution (see referenced docs under “Learn More”
  • Develop a web-based training package to reach more practitioners about Indirect Ophthalmoscopy and HIV-related opportunistic infections
  • Collaborate with HIV treatment programs in Myanmar (Medical Action Myanmar and Doctors Without Borders); China (AIDS Care China); and Russia (Botkin Infectious Disease Hospital, St. Petersburg).

 

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