GLOBAL: IEF pioneers a small grants program called “Seeing 2000” supported by USAID’s Child Blindness Program. Pediatric eye care programs in developing countries around the world were funded with the aim of helping children see through to the year 2000; given that blind children in developing countries often did not live to their fifth birthday.
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: An IEF “Seeing 2000” grant to the Hospital Elias Santana in Santo Domingo is used to procure new equipment for its pediatric eye clinic.
INDIA: The All India Institute for Medical Sciences, Department of Ophthalmology in New Delhi receives an IEF “Seeing 2000” grant to publish a book on Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP), and train doctors to recognize and refer infants with ROP.
INDIA: The L.V. Prasad Eye Institute in Hyderabad receives an IEF “Seeing 2000” grant to equip a new pediatric operating room and to develop a Low Vision Training Centre.
INDIA: The Aravind Eye Care System in Madurai, India receives IEF “Seeing 2000” grants to support outreach screening for children in rural areas, purchase the first $55,000 RetCam retinal fundus camera to screen and document infants for ROP at Aravind Coimbatore Eye Hospital, and to establish new and innovative “Vision Centres” where a trained ophthalmic assistant uses a computer and camera get real-time virtual consults with the nearby hospital improving access to quality eye care for 20,000-40,000 people each. The Lions Aravind Institute for Community Ophthalmology in Madurai receives an IEF “Seeing 2000” grant to strengthen its faculty, new Documentation Centre, and to establish the “e-resource” website to share knowledge and tools to the global community.
PAKISTAN: IEF supports the Lady Reading Hospital in Peshawar, the Al Shifa Eye Hospital in Islamabad, and the Layton-Rahmathullah Benevolent Trust in Karachi with “Seeing 2000” grants. The program in Peshawar provided eye care services to thousands of Afghan children in nearby refugee camps.
PAPUA NEW GUINEA: IEF “Seeing 2000” grants support the Mt. Sion Centre for the Blind in Goroka, and a new pediatric eye clinic in the capital Port Moresby.
SOUTH AFRICA: The International Centre for Eye Health in London receives an IEF “Seeing 2000” grant to undertake a Blind School Survey to gather baseline data for a blindness prevention training program.
ZIMBABWE: An IEF “Seeing 2000” grant enables the Gwanda Provincial Hospital in the southern region to develop a pediatric eye clinic.