100,000 Lives Campaign
The EFA plans to touch the lives of 100,000 people in India as a part of its ongoing efforts to eliminate avoidable blindness.
The campaign is focused on those in rural India who suffer with diabetes and are at risk for, or may already be suffering from, diabetic retinopathy — a condition that often leads to blindness if left untreated.
Studies have shown that if diabetic retinopathy is detected and treated early, blindness can be averted up to 90 percent of the time.
The Dilemma Facing India
- More than 61 million people in India have diabetes
- 55% of Indians with diabetes live in rural areas
- 96,000 children in India have Type 1 diabetes
- Up to 20 percent of India’s rural populations are affected by diabetes
- 52% of people with diabetes don’t realize they have it
- India has a health care worker shortage of 515,000 (largest in the world)
Stemming the Tide
The numbers are formidable and are projected to nearly double by 2030. Experts agree that education and screening are key. But, India’s health care infrastructure is virtually non-existent in many rural regions. Unless there is outside help, the battle may be lost.
You Can Help
The Eye Foundation of America’s “100,000 Lives” campaign will provide diabetic retinopathy screenings and the needed diagnostics and treatments for those adults, and potential some teens, in rural India who are found to be at risk.
The skilled health care professionals with the commitment and passion for accomplishing such a monumental goal are ready. In order to make this vision a reality, the Eye Foundation of America is striving to raise USD$1 million.
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