• Providing Eye Care in the COVID-19 World

    With the hospitals only providing emergency services and most employees continuing to receive salaries, several opportunities arose for individual and collective program evaluation and learning.

    Blog | September 14th, 2020
  • Synergy Collaborative Health: Care. Comfort. Cure

    Dr. Dave Sinha, founder of Synergy Collaborative Health in Cochrane Alberta, has made an incredibly generous commitment to sponsor a sight-restoring surgery every day and each time a patient accesses a third party aesthetic service at Synergy or an affiliated satellite site. We had the opportunity to talk with Dr. Sinha to learn why medicine and giving back through Seva Canada was so important to him.

    Blog | September 3rd, 2020
  • A Gift that will Transform Kid's Lives in Nepal and Africa for Years to Come!

    Seva Canada received a transformative gift from Mae Runions Pratt-Johnson to honour her late husband, Dr. John Pratt-Johnson. John was a renowned Canadian pediatric ophthalmologist and Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of British Columbia. As a former Seva Canada board member, John raised funds and trained legions of eye care professionals within Canada and internationally. We spoke with Mae to discuss John and his international pediatric ophthalmology work.

    Blog | September 3rd, 2020
  • Dandy Contacts Gives Back to Help Kids See!

    Dandy Contacts, Seva Canada's new corporate supporter, was founded by Kathleen Wong in Edmonton in 2019. After her son was born, Kathleen's priorities changed and she resigned from her corporate role to take on a new challenge and start her own company. We recently spoke with Kathleen and learnt a little more about her, Dandy Contacts, and why she decided to support Seva Canada.

    Blog | September 3rd, 2020
  • A Shy Smile of Happiness

    As a toddler and young child, Sandra's vision began to deteriorate but because she was so young she didn't understand that she was different than other children. When she was 6 years old, her elementary school teacher noticed that she couldn't see the board clearly and notified her parents.

    Sight stories | September 3rd, 2020
  • Beyond 2020: Resetting the Goals

    With the publication of the first World Health Organization World Report on Vision in late 2019, eye care organizations acknowledged that there are significant challenges to meeting current and projected eye care needs worldwide. What will Seva Canada do to narrow the gap?

    Blog | September 1st, 2020
  • Rethinking Global Health Means Including Eye Health

    The world has adopted a new World Health Assembly resolution on Integrated People-centred Eye Care. Countries have agreed today (Aug.4) to adopt a new resolution on vision in an effort to reach the 1 billion people worldwide who do not have access to vital eye care services. We are thankful to the IAPB membership for making this possible

    Blog | August 13th, 2020
  • WHO report sets path to improve universal vision care

    “What’s underpinning inequality in vision care is lack of access, whether it’s a lack of availability of service, accessibility or acceptability,” he said. “We’ll only see lasting and sustainable change when eye care is integrated into our mainstream health systems, whether those systems are public or delivered by the private sector and through the market.” - Peter Holland, CEO of the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness

    Blog | August 6th, 2020
  • Seva Canada Backs Call for Canadian Government to Increase Equitable Access to Eye Care as Recommended by the WHO's 1st World Report on Vision

    Vancouver-based eye care charity, Seva Canada, co-hosted the launch of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) first World Report on Vision in Canada on June 26, 2020. The current cost of vision loss to Canadians is $19 billion/year and affects all elements of our economy. Costs are expected to rise to $30.3 billion/year by 2032 with the overall single largest indirect cost being lost productivity.

    Press release | June 25th, 2020