SEVA Canada is an international non-governmental organization whose mission is the elimination of preventable and treatable blindness around the world. They support various programs around the world in the pursuit of fulfilling the goals of Vision 2020, the global initiative for the elimination of avoidable blindness, and the battle for gender equality in eye care by the year 2020.
As an optometrist and documentary photographer, I am very much aware and concerned about the problem of blindness in the world. Over the next decade, the need for effective global blindness prevention and treatment programs will become increasing urgent as the number of people in need is rapidly outstripping the eye care services available to them. It is estimated that the number of blind people in the world will increase from 45 million today to 75 million by 2020. Even more disturbing is the fact that two out of three blind people in the world are women and young girls, with most of them living in areas of developing countries where they have limited access to sight restoring services.
Seva Canada is a non profit organization which provides funding and expertise to partners in developing countries to create sustainable, economically viable, locally managed eye care programs that will continue to serve local populations long after Seva’s involvement is completed..