Data tells us what, how many, and where, but it has no meaning on its own; evidence-based research tells us why. Research isn’t the data Seva collects; it’s how we interpret, validate, test and use that data to advance our understanding of eye care programs. We need both data and research to  drive our decision-making and to improve our impact and  cost-effectiveness.

One of Seva Canada’s best examples of innovation through research was when we, with our partner the Kilimanjaro Centre for Community Ophthalmology (KCCO), became the first eye care organizations to separate our data into male and female patients. This simple act of analyzing our data led to the understanding that 2/3 of the world’s burden of blindness was borne by women and girls. 

Girls in Ethiopia by D. Berman

Based on our findings, KCCO and Seva Canada implemented strategies to achieve gender equity in the treatment of blindness that resulted in a 10% reduction of the number of women who are blind. A perfect example of research driving innovation.

Unfortunately, the statistical improvement does not extend to girls who are still only half as likely as boys to receive eye care services. With your support, we will continue to research and innovate to ensure everyone has an equal right to sight.

Sight Stories and News

  • The Power of Partnerships

    Partnerships succeed when opportunity drives collaboration and partnerships work best when goals are shared. Of all of Seva’s partnerships, it is our program partnerships that define us.

    Blog | December 24th, 2019
  • Innovation Through Research

    Data tells us what, how many, and where, but it has no meaning on its own; evidence-based research tells us why.

    Blog | December 24th, 2019
  • Baba Ram Dass, spiritual guru and LSD proponent, dies at 88

    Baba Ram Dass, Seva Co-founder and the 1960's counterculture spiritual leader who experimented with LSD and travelled to India to find enlightenment, returning to share it with Americans, has died. He was 88. Dass’ foundation, Love Serve Remember, announced late Sunday that the author and spiritual leader died peacefully at his home earlier in the day. No cause of death was given.

    Blog | December 24th, 2019