So Girls Can See Cambodia

Mong Seav & her grandmother Lau Kha © Ellen Crystal Photography

Mong Kong Seav, a 14-month old Cambodian girl had a tearing, watery left eye which caused her family a great deal of concern. Luckily, thanks to Seva donors, a village screening took place near her home. Her grandmother, Lau Kha, took her to have her eye looked at while her parents were working in the fields.

Mong's bottom eye lid had not fully developed and was not thick enough to keep her tears in her eye. The field nurse advised her grandmother that Mong's eye should fix itself and she was given antibiotics to prevent infection.

Happy and relieved, Mong and Lau went home to tell the little girl's parents that her eye and vision were going to be ok. Mong's future is bright and full of possibilities!

This isn't the case for all women and girls; this International Women's Day let's continue to break the barriers for women and girls so they can access eye care.

So Girls Can See Cambodia

© Ellen Crystal Photography

Half of the world’s population is made up of women and girls. Women and girls don’t go blind more often than men and boys. Yet, two-thirds of the world’s blind are female. Why? Because women and girls are far less likely than men and boys to receive eye care services due to social, cultural and economic factors.

Seva Canada has taken a leadership role in a global initiative to reduce the inequity. The first step was to prove that the inequity exists and holds true for both industrialized and developing nations and across all types of preventable and treatable eye conditions. The second step was to identify barriers women and girls face in accessing care and develop strategies to overcome those barriers. Simple strategies are often the most effective: provide counseling to the families, offer free transportation and bring eye care to people’s doorsteps with community ophthalmology programs. Sharing our findings and strategies with the global eye care community was the third step. We are happy to report that more and more organizations and eye care programs are implementing strategies to reach women and girls. Does Seva favour the treatment of women and girls over the treatment of men and boys? Absolutely not. By implementing these strategies we have doubled the overall utilization of eye care services by both sexes and now a much greater proportion of those treated are women and girls. 

So Girls Can See Cambodia

© Ellen Crystal Photography

Sight Stories and News

  • A Mother's Fear Turns to Hope

    When 8-year-old twins Ganga and Yumana began to lose their vision due to cataracts, they seemed destined to go blind like their mother.Thankfully, Seva's outreach team got them the care they needed.

    Sight stories | November 15th, 2017
  • Thank You for Sweating for Sight!

    This October, the Canadian fitness community came together to get sweaty and restore sight for World Sight Day. 25 studios held specialty classes or offered classes by donation, in support of Seva Canada’s eye care programs. See what they did!

    Blog | November 6th, 2017
  • A Long Walk for Sight

    Nesum, a fiercely independent widow, walked for 4 days through the mountainous terrain of northeastern Nepal hoping to have her sight restored at a Seva-sponsored eye camp.

    Sight stories | October 20th, 2017