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In 1998 a small group of friends had the idea to help people in need who due to their poverty unfairly lack something rather basic: the capacity to see.

 "Vision is the base of learning.

To be left blind means depending on others"



VSF is an NGO (non governmental organisation) with an international remit which encourages development through health and sight promotion and other activities related to international co-operation.

The principal objective of its work is to prevent avoidable blindness. This includes the treatment of ocular illnesses as well as the correction of vision by the use of glasses. The team compromises of volunteers, whose qualifications stem from optometry, ophthalmology, specialist technicians and assistants.

Although the NGO is a relatively new organisation, it has already travelled far. In 1998 the NGO visited India. 650 people were examined and their pathologies were treated. In the following years until 2001 the team worked in Marrakech and Tetuan. 3856 patients were treated and 3400 people were given help with glasses.

They continued in to Namibia, Mozambique and Cuba and after the Tsunami again in India. So far VSF has treated more than 25.000 people and has been able to give them a long lasting solution.At the beginning of each Project VSF has accurate information about the situation and the necesities of the destinationGenerally, there is a great deal of interest.



Depending on the size of the town or area, large queues can form in front of the centre of attention.

The diagnostic material is totally financed by private donations.

The sight revision check up is carried out with the retinoscopio, a box of texts and the Snellen test.

Ocular pathologies like catarats, pterigium, glaucoma are detected and treated in situ.

The medicines are completely financed through donations.The young population is also examined for loss of sight. 60% of the patients are under 18 years old.

VSF places great emphasis in the infant population as good vision will play an important part in the development of the young people.



What does VSF achieve with your help?

You will give people the base to help themselves.In third World countries it is only by having good sight that a higher level of education can be achieved. 60% of what a man learns is through the eye, for example, reading at school or in later studies. For this reason, the capacity of sight must be connected with the development of the individual.

Without donations VSF would not be able to help in this way. Although the organisation uses their professional contacts, collecting used glasses from opticians and working with the manufacturers of spectacles and glasses the task requires the purchase of technical materials and medicines.

A revision and treatment cost an average of 30€.

Nowadays 300 members and donators permanently support and finance VSF and the team compromises more than 40 volunteers.



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