The World Health Organization defines universal health access or coverage (and thus universal eye health) as “ensuring that all people have access to needed promotive, preventive, curative and rehabilitative health services, of sufficient quality to be effective, while also ensuring that people do not suffer financial hardship when paying for these services.*
Seva Foundation is committed to increasing access to high quality, affordable eye care services for anyone, regardless of what that person can pay.
One way to do this is to increase the number of primary vision centers. These centers provide comprehensive eye exams and can address many of the patient’s concerns right in the facility, saving patients time and money.
We have seen how these centers work firsthand in Nepal, where Seva supports offering an effective way to increase access to eye care for remote, rural populations in Nepal. Women and girls are especially likely to seek care if it is close to home. Nearly 90% of eye problems can be treated at a PECC, the name of the vision centers in Nepal, and patients who need further care, such as cataract surgery, can be referred to the nearest hospital.
Seva supports the expansion of primary vision centers in all of the countries where we work and funds primary vision centers through our Global Sight Initiative.