Through a grant awarded under Advancing Partners & Communities (APC), the Seva Foundation facilitates local expansion and further specialization of the existing low vision capacity building program. Seva Foundation provides equipment, additional training in clinical skills, and community outreach to their programs in Nepal and Cambodia. At the Lumbini Eye Institute in Nepal, Seva Foundation works to improve the pediatric ophthalmology fellowship and fosters continuing medical education through additional trainings.
Seva Foundation is an international non-profit organization that supports community outreach and education programs to spread awareness of available eye care services. Seva Foundation’s eye health education programs focus on nutrition, eye injury prevention, and personal hygiene. The foundation has a network of local eye care providers, fieldworkers, female community health volunteers, savings groups, teachers, and others who help spread the word about eye disease prevention and services.
Through a grant awarded under Advancing Partners & Communities (APC), RBI builds the capacity of community health workers to administer Primary Eye Care. RBI partners with local government units to provide Primary Eye Care training and screenings nationwide. The organization also partners with local colleges of optometry to work with students for their practicum. Additionally, the program purchases the equipment and low vision devices for a Low Vision Center at the Department of Health Hospital, East Avenua Medicant Center in the Philippines.
Through a grant awarded under Advancing Partners & Communities (APC), REDOVIH+ works in a consortium with Amigos Siempre Amigos (ASA), Batey Relief Alliance (BRA), and Movimiento de Mujeres Unidas (MODEMU) in the Santo Domingo, Monte Plata, and San Cristobal regions of the Dominican Republic. The Consortium works to improve HIV services for MSM and transgender individuals through training, personal development, community and social capital formation, and integrated HIV services for sex workers.
The expansion of Physicians for Peace’s vision care program, made possible through a grant awarded by Advancing Partners & Communities (APC), targets elementary school children and indigenous Filipinos in underserved areas. The project focuses on providing vision care screenings, distributing eyeglasses, and training local health workers in basic vision care. In addition, local teachers are trained to identify early warning signs of compromised vision in their students so they can be examined by volunteer licensed optometrists.
Physicians for Peace is a non-profit organization that provides training and support to health care teams in underserved areas worldwide. Volunteers work with local health professionals to fill training gaps, introduce vital skill sets, and ensure local health systems have essential equipment and supplies. The organization supports these regions in creating self-sufficient, sustainable systems with improved health outcomes.
Through a grant awarded under Advancing Partners & Communities (APC), P4EC aims to improve the safety, wellbeing, and development of highly vulnerable children, particularly those who are living without adequate family care. P4EC works with the Ministry of Labor, Social Protection & Family, Ministry of Education and other relevant ministries to strengthen national child protection systems. P4EC consolidates previous projects to create opportunities for national expansion and replication.
Through a grant awarded under Advancing Partners & Communities (APC), HKI supports the development of organizations delivering eye care and services to children and other underserved populations in Quoc Oai District, Hanoi City, Vietnam. Since its implementation, ChildSight has developed a system for the identification, treatment, and referral of children with refractive errors and more complex eye disorders. Left untreated, refractive errors can cause focus problems, visual impairment, and blindness.
Helen Keller International (HKI) addresses the causes and consequences of blindness and malnutrition by establishing evidence-based programs and leading research in vision, health, and nutrition. The ChildSight Program, originally created to improve the eye health of children in the U.S., has since been expanded to several provinces in Vietnam and Indonesia. Through their ChildSight Program, HKI aims to strengthen the capacity of the Ha Dong Eye Hospital’s health personnel to provide pediatric eye care services in the Quoc Oai District.
Through a grant awarded under Advancing Partners & Communities (APC), COIN aims to reduce the incidence of HIV and sexually transmitted infections (STI) infections in key populations such as sex workers (SW), men who have sex with men (MSM), transgender (TG) clients, and other vulnerable populations in the provinces of Santiago and La Vega. The program provides HIV prevention interventions, HIV counseling and testing (HCT), and STI services.