World Health Organization thanks CBM For their outstanding work



    TORONTO, Oct. 10 /CNW/ - CBM President Professor Allen Foster met with
the Director-General Dr Margaret Chan, for the World Health Organizations
global initiative to eliminate avoidable blindness "Vision 2020: The Right to
Sight" on the eve of World Sight Day 2007 at WHO Headquarters Geneva.
    Dr. Chan thanked CBM for their longstanding 20 year partnership and
support, both financially and with technical personnel, for the prevention of
blindness, deafness and for other disability related programmes in the
developing World.
    World Sight Day 2007 will be celebrated on Thursday 11th October 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 in the developing countries," says Prof.
Foster. "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 developing world under the age of 15 are now blind.

    CBM 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 (IAPB). We are working together to
eliminate avoidable blindness worldwide by the year 2020, in order to give
everyone in the world the Right to Sight.
    CBM currently supports 1,011 disability-focused projects in 112 countries
in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe. CBM has performed 8 million
cataract surgeries worldwide.
    CBM is an expert at helping people with disabilities throughout the
developing world.


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