Gender Equity

In developing countries, women and girls are far less likely to have access to eye care services because of the many barriers they face. Lack of education and financial resources, limited decision-making power, and restrictions on travelling alone means women and girls often don’t get the care they need. Seva and our partners help women and girls overcome these barriers.

Unfortunately, it is sometimes their responsibilities within the home that make women and girls more susceptible to certain eye conditions, such as trachoma and trichiasis. Additionally, male adults and children are often given preferential treatment by their families and are more likely to receive eye care should they need it.

Seva works hard to help women and girls overcome these barriers and to make high quality care universally available.

Increasing gender equity within eye care is central to Seva’s work. By helping our program partners improve their data collection, we can accurately track how many women and girls are receiving services. This data is vital in assessing the effectiveness of our interventions designed to achieve gender equity.

Seva enables our partners to provide outreach and education, community screenings, transportation arrangements, and affordable care to ensure women and girls can access life-changing services and avoid visual impairment and blindness.

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Every five seconds a person goes blind somewhere around the world, and every minute a child goes blind. Even more disturbing is the fact that two out of three people who are blind are women and girls; most of them living in areas of developing countries where they have limited and unequal access to sight restoring services.


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