Childhood Vision Theme for World Sight Day 2007



    TORONTO, Oct. 11 /CNW/ - World Sight Day 2007 will be celebrated
worldwide, on Thursday, October 11th to focus global attention on blindness
and vision impairment for children.
    "Early intervention is key to ensuring that children with eye problems
have the best possible outcomes, not only in Canada, but also in developing
countries," states Executive Director of Christian Blind Mission International
Canada, David McComiskey.
    "Almost 50 percent of the world's 1.4 million children living without
sight are needlessly blind, from avoidable causes. This is a major public
health priority that needs to be addressed."
    Every minute, a child goes blind - in the developing world, a child has a
60% chance of dying within one year of going blind. Over 1 million children in
the world under the age of 15 are now blind.

    Christian Blind Mission International is a founding member of VISION
2020: the Right to Sight which is a global initiative of the World Health
Organization (WHO) and the International Agency for the Prevention of
Blindness.
    We are working together to eliminate avoidable blindness worldwide by the
year 2020.
    CBMI Canada has also set the ambitious goal of making 100,000 cataract
operations possible in the last 100 days of 2007. We are challenging Canadians
to make a difference and give back the gift of sight to the poor in developing
countries.
    CBM has performed 8 million cataract surgeries in developing countries
worldwide.
    CBMI currently supports 1,011 projects in 112 countries Africa, Asia,
Latin America and Eastern Europe. CBM is an expert at helping people with
disabilities throughout the developing world.





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For further information: interviews please contact: Lindsay O'Connor,
CBMI National Media & Public Relations Manager, (647) 202-3445,
loconnor@cbmicanada.org

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