HSBHAA: Help Stop Blindness And Hunger In Africa And Asia

Factual Insight

  • Every five seconds one person goes blind in the world (WHO)
  • Every minute one child goes blind in the world (WHO)
  • There are 37 million blind people in the world (higher than the population of Canada), of which 34 million are in the developing countries
  • Africa has the highest incidence of blindness at 10 million. This will jump to 20 million by 2020.
  • Over 100 million Africans are at risk of eye infections leading to blindness (WHO)
  • 90% of blindness in the world is preventable
  • Congenital glaucoma is estimated to occur in one out of 10,000 births. In Kenya 188 children seen in 2009 had glaucoma
  • The approximate cost to treat each child is US$1600

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