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IEF provides technical expertise for child blindness programs

According to the World Health Organization, there are 1.26 million (2010 data, C. Gilbert) blind children in the world today. Of these, 75% live in developing countries. Another 19 million are severely visually impaired of which 12 million need eyeglasses. From 2013-2018, IEF served as the Technical Advisory Group to the USAID Child Blindness Program which has provided critical funding for child eye care programs around the world. Having pioneered the grants program from 1995-2000 (Seeing 2000) with a large grant from USAID, IEF is privileged to now influence the direction of this innovative program to bring eye care to vulnerable children in the developing world.

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