Dr. Chundak Tenzing (USA) on behalf of the Seva Foundation
To create a sustainable pediatric continuum of care in Guatemala to reduce the prevalence of avoidable blindness and visual impairment
Although 42% of Guatemala’s population are children, a comprehensive continuum of care (CoC) for pediatric eyecare does not currently exist in the country.
This project aims to serve socioeconomically vulnerable pre- and school-aged children and their families, by expanding training, outreach, screening, and surgery services and by introducing low vision and rehabilitation services for pediatric patients. The increased access to quality services will prevent and reduce avoidable blindness and visual impairments among children in poor, marginalized communities and will significantly expand Visualiza’s eye care delivery model to serve 50,000 children. Furthermore, the project’s emphasis on training clinical and allied providers in pediatric vision care will ensure staff have capacity and skills to sustain services.