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

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Sight in Cambodia
Many Cambodia children do not have access to eye care services. Seva trains Cambodian doctors and provides infrastructure 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
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. Kadka 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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Prevent Blindness

Lack of awareness about eye health remains a major barrier to people getting the care they need. Seva supports community outreach and education programs to spread awareness of available eye care services. Seva’s eye health education programs focus on nutrition, eye injury prevention, and personal hygiene through our network of local eye care providers, fieldworkers, female community health volunteers, savings groups, teachers and others who can help spread the word about preventing eye disease and available services.

Restore Sight

Seva has provided surgery to restore the eyesight of nearly 4 million people around the globe over the past 38 years.

With restored sight, adults can return to work and provide for their families, parents can care for their children, and children can attend school again.

Our comprehensive approach expands community programs and provides free or low-cost eye exams, surgery, prescription glasses, and medical treatment to those who cannot afford the cost of services. Seva provides support to poor patients and their families so that no one is turned away for their inability to pay for treatment. We increase the reach of eye care services by establishing vision centers in remote areas. These centers have direct links to hospitals that can provide additional eye care.

Seva also funds outreach programs in underserved communities to refer patients needing eye glasses or medical treatment to the nearest hospital, and at times paying for their transportation to ensure that people are able to access the care they need.

In parts of the world that are particularly isolated, mobile surgical eye camps are an important way for people to access needed eye care. Seva supports mobile teams of doctors and support staff who travel to remote rural areas to provide outreach and education, diagnostic screening, and sight restoring surgeries to people in need.

American Indian Sight Initiative

Seva supports eye care around the world, as well as here in the United States, with a focus on American Indian populations. Our American Indian Sight Initiative focuses on providing free eye examinations and glasses to school children, training American Indian vision technicians, and improving access to diabetic retinopathy screening and treatment.

AIDS Eye Initiative

Seva has helped to save the eye sight of people living with AIDS in multiple countries. By training frontline AIDS doctors in a special examiniation technique, patients receive early diagnosis and improved management of AIDS-related CMV retinitis, TB, and other opportunistic infections. This reduces mortality and blindness for the patients. The AIDS Eye Initiative is developing a model for this innovation in AIDS clinical care. It also documents the evidence-base and methods by which this innovation can be scaled up in resource poor countries.

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