BENEFITING: HELP ME SEE INC
I was born in 1974 with cataract blindness. At the time, corrective surgery for this condition in infants was rare and high risk and my parents were told that I would be blind. But thanks to a daring and talented surgeon, I have been able to see and live a normal life. Medicine has come a long way in forty years, and cataracts can now be corrected with a short operation that costs $50 for an adult and $350 for a child. Unfortunately, too many of those in need of this simple surgery cannot afford it. My goal of raising enough to help over 1000 people see again is an ambitious one, but every little bit helps and goes directly to HelpMeSee. (This is not an all or nothing fundraiser.)
Please help me return the miracle. Thank you!
Donate to HelpMeSee (www.helpmesee.org) and help eliminate cataract blindness!
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Half of all the blind people in the world could receive the miracle of sight tomorrow thanks to a surgery that takes as little as 5 minutes for an adult and 15 minutes for a child.
There are 20 million children and adults who are blind today – who could see tomorrow. Unfortunately, 99% of them will never receive this surgery and will never regain their sight because they are too poor to afford it.The mission of HelpMeSee is to make the miracle of sight possible for every blind child and adult in the world who needs it regardless of where they live or how poor they may be.
HelpMeSee is a global campaign to ELIMINATE BLINDNESS caused by untreated cataract, which is by far the leading cause of blindness, making up 51% of all cases globally. Approximately 20 million people are bilaterally blind due to cataract, and an estimated 167 million suffer from cataract visual impairment. The vast majority of these people live in developing countries, where a lack of access to high‐quality service prevents them from undergoing a simple surgery that could restore their vision. According to a recently published Rand Health study, cataract blindness will increase to 32 million by 2020, costing the world GDP about $1 trillion each year.
To address this global health crisis, HelpMeSee was founded in 2010 with the goal of making the miracle of sight possible for every blind child and adult in the world. Our goal is to deliver very low cost, high-quality Manual Small Incision Cataract Surgeries (MSICS) to millions of adults and children in the developing world. Working with 149 practicing partner MSIC surgeons in China, India, Nepal, Sierra Leone and Togo, HelpMeSee has saved or restored sight to more than 150,000 people. HelpMeSee anticipates surpassing 300,000 surgeries by the end of 2014.
Building on this record of success, HelpMeSee plans to increase our work exponentially over the next five years. Once the simulator is in operation, we will expand our reach to additional countries throughout Africa, Asia, and Latin America. HelpMeSee will train 1,680 MSICS specialists by 2017, enabling them to perform 1 million surgical procedures with HelpMeSee support. By 2030, we expect to train a total of 30,000 MSICS-dedicated specialists and deliver 60 million surgeries.