The problems faced by the global eye care community are well-documented yet the solutions are not.

While we know how many people are blind, where and from what, this knowledge alone will not cure blindness. The most successful eye programs are those who put their research into action, transforming what they know into what they do. This process of ‘knowledge translation’ is at the core of Seva Canada’s approach to partnerships and programming.

The most successful eye programs are those who put their research into action, transforming what they know into what they do. This process of ‘knowledge translation’ is at the core of Seva Canada’s approach to partnerships and programming.

While each country we work in is unique, the process we undertake is always the same: we establish a program team, including technical experts, clinicians and local community members. We work together to generate local evidence, discuss the results, explore gaps, and clarify the stories that data alone cannot tell. Once we know the root causes, we brainstorm possible solutions and develop interventions to be tested locally and, if successful, disseminated globally.

Only by continually generating, translating and testing knowledge, will we reach our goal  of eliminating avoidable blindness.

Sight Stories and News

  • Eye Care Training in Nepal - Creating Sustainable Programs

    "I, (Dr. Marty Spencer, Seva Canada Board Member), just returned from a trip to Nepal for Seva Canada. I have been making these trips to many of the countries that Seva operates in since the 80’s. Like snowflakes, they’re never alike, even though I have been to Nepal about 15 times. I go to teach, but almost always learn even more." Read our blog to learn about Dr. Spencer's trip and how you are helping to create sustainable eye care programs by training locals to care for their own communities.

    Blog | March 28th, 2020
  • How Seva Canada's Program Partners Are Doing During COVID -19

    Most medical personnel working with Seva Canada are now focused on providing support to their local hospitals and clinics in any way they can. Hospital beds and equipment are being reallocated to provide medical care to those in greater need. They are practicing ‘Seva’ – selfless service.

    Blog | March 28th, 2020
  • The Doctor Who Helped Defeat Smallpox Explains What's Coming

    Epidemiologist and Seva Co-Founder, Larry Brilliant, who warned of pandemic in 2006, says we can beat the novel coronavirus—but first, we need lots more testing...14 years ago, Brilliant, the epidemiologist who helped eradicate smallpox, spoke to a TED audience and described what the next pandemic would look like.

    Blog | March 20th, 2020