Where We Work: Cambodia

About Cambodia
14.86 million people

Blindness Prevalence:
6144,000 people* estimate

Our Work Here
Date started working here:

What we do:
Prevent & Treat Blindness, Build Healthy Eye Care Programs

Our Partners:
Angkor Children’s Hospital, Battambang Eye Hospital, Bantey Meanche Eye Hospital

* 2000. Community Eye Health 13(36) p 57-59
Restoring Sight to Cambodian Children
Last year, over 70,000 children in Cambodia received eye examinations as a result of Seva's work. Those who needed glasses, or more sophisticated care, received it as well. Watch the Video

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Cambodia's medical infrastructure was destroyed by the country's painful years of genocide and civil war. Today, there are only 43 fully-trained ophthalmologists in the country of 14 million. More than 80% of the blindness in Cambodia is either preventable or curable, but the vast majority of Cambodians do not have access to quality, affordable eye care. Seva works in three northwestern provinces to bring essential eye care services to Cambodia's most vulnerable populations, including rural communities, women, and children.

All aspects of Seva's programs serve to build the local capacity to deliver high quality, sustainable eye care. By equipping our partners with the tools they need to provide quality, efficient care, Seva builds locally-run eye care programs that are self-sustaining within 5-10 years of establishment. Seva's proven model of sustainable development is based on a simple formula: roughly one-third of patients subsidize the cost of the twothirds who cannot afford eye care services.


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