Help us end avoidable blindness in congo

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In line with the United Nations Global Goals for Sustainable Development and the World Health Organisation Global Action Plan 2014-19.


OUR VISION is a world

  • Where nobodi is needlessly visually impaired
  • Where those with unavoidable visual loss can achieve their full potential
  • Where there is universal access to comprehensive eye care sarvices

The target is a 25% global reduction of avoidable blindness and visual impairment by the year 2019 to 2010.

OUR VISION is a world

  • Where nobodi is needlessly visually impaired
  • Where those with unavoidable visual loss can achieve their full potential
  • Where there is universal access to comprehensive eye care sarvices

The target is a 25% global reduction of avoidable blindness and visual impairment by the year 2019 to 2010.

New Sight aligns itself with this vision and works to ensure delivery of this targets.


THE PROBLEM

Worldwide, 285 million people are blind or visually impaired:

9 in 10 live in developing countries.

9 in 10 live in developing countries.

7.5 in 10 live in developing countries.

8 in 10 live in developing countries.

Worldwide, 285 million people are blind or visually impaired:

9 in 10 live in developing countries.

9 in 10 live in developing countries.

7.5 in 10 live in developing countries.

8 in 10 live in developing countries.


  1. World Health Organisation. Visual Impairment and Blindness. 2009

“If we struggle to see, we struggle to learn and work.
If our family struggles to see,
We struggle to leave them at home to go to school, or to work.
If we or our family struggle to learn or work, we struggle to live.”

WILL THE PROBLEM GET BETTER ?

The good news is that we are living longer.
The bad news is that the prevalence of most eye conditions increases with age.

Unless we take action, visual impairment will potentially become the biggest public health problem of our generation.2.3


  1. World Health Organisation. Global Data on Visual Impairments. http://www.who.int/blindness/GLOBALDATAFINALforweb.pdf?ua=1 2010
  2. Holden BA et al. Global Prevalence of Myopia and High Myopia and Temporal Trends from 2000 through 2050. Ophthalmology. 2016 May; 123(5): 1036-42.2016 Feb 11

WHY CONGO ?

The Republic of Congo is home to 4.7 million people

54%
live under the United Nation’s definition of Absolute Poverty
i.e. less than USD$1 a day.

53%
live under the United Nation’s definition of Absolute Poverty
i.e. less than USD$1 a day.

170K
live under the United Nation’s definition of Absolute Poverty
i.e. less than USD$1 a day.

80%
live under the United Nation’s definition of Absolute Poverty
i.e. less than USD$1 a day.

THERE ARE PROVEN AND HIGHLY COST-EFFECTIVE SOLUTIONS, BUT THEY ARE NOT AVAILABLE TO THE VAST MAJORITY OF THE PEOPLE IN CONGO.

According to the World Health Organisation, Congo has a crisis in Human Resources for Health.6 The country does not have a National Eye Health Plan.According to the World Health Organisation, Congo has a crisis in Human Resources for Health.6 The country does not have a National Eye Health Plan.

THOUSAND OF PEOPLE IN CONGO ARE SUFFERING FROM VISUAL IMPAIRMMENT NEEDLESSLY
WE CAN CHANGE THAT
WE ARE CHANGING THAT
WITH YOUR HELP
WE CAN DO MORE


  1. Measured by Purchasing Power Parity(PPP) international dollar. Source: ibid.
  2. https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/rankorder/2229rank.html. Source: CIA
  3. WHO Regional Office for Africa. The Roadmap for Scalling Up the HRH for Improved Health Service Delivery in the African Region. 2013

THE SOLUTION

WHO WE ARE

New Sight Eye Care is a non-profit organisation dedicated to empowering and partnering with local communities to preserve and restore sight. It was established as a registered charity that is regulated by the Charities Commision in the UK(2011) and in Hong Kong(2012). We recognise that while eye health services are inadequate in many low-income countries, they are non existent in northern Congo. That is why we chose to start with the poorest and most neglected communities in the north of Congo. Partenering with Pioneer Christian Hospital, our first eye center opened in Impfondo(the capital of Likouala region) in May 2012.

New Sight was founded by Joyce and Henri Samoutou…

New Sight was founded by Joyce and Henri Samoutou. Previously, they developed a similar non-profit eye centre in neighbouring Gabon until it became self-fun-ded. The centre continues to help around 6000 patients a year. In 2012, the Samoutous’ work through New Sight was recognised and honoured with the international Excellence in Opthalmology Vision Award.

WHAT WE DO

01 PROVIDE COMREHENSIVE EYE CARE

to Preserve and Restore Sight

  • Accessible
  • Cost-effective
  • High quality
  • Informed by research

02 EMPOWER THE LOCAL COMMUNITY

through Training and Health Promotion

  • Doctores, nurses, optometrists
  • Management
  • Maintenanace
  • Schools, community leaders

03 ADVOCATE EYE HEALTH

through Partenership

  • Government , health authorities
  • International organisations
    e.g.Medecins Sans Frontieres and United Nations send us their patients

The Ultimate Goal of Our Work Is to

  • Remove economic, geographical, social and cultural barriers to
  • Preserve or restore the sight of living in impoverished and underserved communities by
  • Creating Sustainable, economically viable, locally managed eye care programmers that will
  • Continue to serve local populations long after New Sight’s involvement is complete.

The Ultimate Goal of Our Work Is to

  • Remove economic, geographical, social and cultural barriers to
  • Preserve or restore the sight of living in impoverished and underserved communities by
  • Creating Sustainable, economically viable, locally managed eye care programmers that will
  • Continue to serve local populations long after New Sight’s involvement is complete.
OUR KEY FOCUS INCLUDES

SCREENING and EYE HEALTH EDUCATION Milliond do not realise they have eye conditions that need treatment, nor do they have the means toseek it.For Some conditions, delay in treatment can lead to disastrous results such as irreversible blindness and even death. We travel to the most remote and impoverished areas to provide free eye screening, health education compaigns and transport to our hospital.

TRAINING and EMPOWERMENT We train and empower the community. We teach the public, teachers, health, administration and supportive personnel through wide-ranging setting from seminars to radio programmes and community health fairs. We provide a well-stocked library with journals, textbooks and computer resources.

CATARACT Globally, half the people who are blind/visually impaired will be able to see again after one-off a contract operation costing as little as USD$100.

TRACHOMA is a disease of poverty. Its prevalence is up to 96% in rural northern Congo where our services are located.7 Apart

We are the first and only centre to provide eye surgery and glasses in the north of Congo

from surgery, one of the key strategies in combating trachoma is hygiene.We work closely with the community, schools and local health authorities to provode health education.

REFRACTIVE ERROR is responsible for 43% of global vision impairment, with half of all cases going undetected and untreated. Our outreach program includes training and practical support for teachers to help them identify refractive error as it is the cause of 63% of vision impairment in the 5-15 age group and is easily correctable.

Cost effectiveness analysis studies have invariably demonstrated that many eye health interventions are highly cost effective.8

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THE IMPACT OF RESTORING SIGHT

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The World Health Organisation has stated that resroring someone’s sight is the single most cost-effective health intervention to reduce poverty11

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Sight is PRICELESS

NEW SIGHT IN NUMBERS


4Eye Nurses Trained

15Visiting Volunteers

2013Year the Eye Center Opened

815No. of Screenings (2015)

2015No. of Consultations(2015)


“I CAN SEE MY HANDS!”

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SAVED FROM DEATH’S DOOR

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SEEING HIS GRANDCHILD FOR THE

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FROM SURSE TO BLESSING

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OUR FUTURE

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The Ouesso Hospital

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OUR PLEDGE TO YOU, OUR SUPPORTERS:

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