Press Release - International Youth Day
Brand New Eye Health Initiative Calls Students to Action this International Youth Day
This International Youth Day, Qatar Creating Vision, a brand new eye health initiative supported by the Qatar Development Fund, is calling for the country’s young people to get involved.
Over the next four years, Qatar Creating Vision will enable a coalition of charities and hospitals to conduct 5.5 million eye tests and treatments for children in India and Bangladesh. If eye conditions are left untreated, children can end up excluded from education and facing a life of poverty. Students from Qatar are invited to play their part in the global fight against preventable blindness by raising awareness of the issue and the work that is being done to address it. Some of the ways they can get involved include:
· Trips to the field
· School activities
ACS Doha student Joshua Jacobs, recently accompanied eye care charity Orbis, the coordinating partner of Qatar Creating Vision, to Pune, India. Joshua learnt about Orbis’s work and discovered how Qatar Creating Vision will impact children in the area, reporting live from the field. Qatar Creating Vision is calling for schools and students interested in similar opportunities to get in touch.
India and Bangladesh are home to approximately 473,000 blind children, with more children struggling with blindness in India, than in any other country. Obtaining treatment can very expensive or may be too far away to reach. Shockingly, 60% of blind children will die during their childhood.
Promisingly, there is much that can be done – 50% of childhood blindness is preventable or treatable which means that hundreds of thousands of children are suffering unnecessarily.
The important work undertaken by this initiative will ensure that those whose futures are disrupted and uncertain, are provided with the support they need - unlocking a brighter future, not constricted by a preventable health condition.
Florence Branchu, Head of Partnerships, Middle East at Orbis EMEA commented: “Young people are the future and it’s vital that this group of future leaders and influencers are aware of the big picture when it comes to the difficulties faced by those in developing countries.
“That’s why, this International Youth Day, we are eager to drum up support for our cause by getting students and schools involved through presentations, volunteering, roving reporter opportunities and more. We are also inviting the community to join us too! You can participate in our Dinner in the Dark events at the Oryx Rotana in October, to help us celebrate World Sight Day! To find out more please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.”
Ali Abdulla Al-Dabbagh, Director of corporate strategy in Qatar Development Fund said: “Qatar has a long standing commitment to driving forward a wide range of initiatives that will strengthen healthcare provision both in Qatar and throughout the world. Many people take vision for granted and don’t realize how significant eye problems can be, particularly for children in hard to reach or poor areas.
“Half of childhood vision loss can be prevented or cured, so there is much that can be done. Qatar Creating Vision provides us with an opportunity to help children in Bangladesh. Qatar Development Fund is proud to have facilitated and sponsored the creation of a program that will provide children with a future, not constricted or disrupted by a preventable eye condition.”
Qatar Creating Vision is looking for young people to get involved!
· A teacher
· Community group
· Living in Qatar
Would you like to get involved with:
· Trips to programmes
· Blind folded ‘Dinner in the Dark’ celebrating World Sight Day
· School activities
· Volunteer opportunities
Register your interest here: email@example.com