Every 10 seconds an adult goes blind. And every minute so does a child. As many as 1.4 million children are affected. The majority of the world’s blind live in the poorest countries in Asia and Africa. For 75 percent of them this is unnecessary suffering. Because their eyes disease is curable. But there is a lack of medication and trained healthcare professionals. Many people are simply unable to get to the nearest hospital.
The Swiss Red Cross is there for the people in these poorest regions. With its commitment, it is involved in countries such as Kyrgyzstan, Togo and Ghana- to support children and adults from the consequences of blindness.
Hand in hand with the National Red Cross Societies and the health authorities, the Swiss Red Cross sets up regional eye care services. The foundation of this is training local specialists and volunteers who travel out to the villages to teach people about the causes of poverty-induced blindness.
At the Red Cross Gala in Zurich 2023 we aim to raise funds to help improve the health and well-being of the most vulnerables. Will you support us?