Bangladesh is one of the world’s poorest countries in the world, with more than one-half of its 144 million-population living below the poverty line and an estimated 800,000 people afflicted by blindness.1 A recent national study found that 32% of blind children were blind due to cataract.
Seva Foundation, working with Grameen Healthcare Services and Aravind Eye Care Systems of Madurai, India, have established three hospitals with a fourth hospital to open soon. These eye hospitals serve people living in Grameen micro-credit communities. Embedding the service delivery within the existing Grameen networks rapidly facilitates the opportunities for early detection and referral of people for cataract surgery and eye glasses and reduces costs for outreach. Together, we identify and overcome local barriers to care, and fortify responsive partnerships at the local, regional, and global levels to ensure that quality services are accessed by underserved populations.
1. "Bangladesh: Country Snapshot." The World Bank, 1 Mar. 2014. Web. 15 May 2014.