This is a historic moment for Seva, the eye care landscape, and the global development arena.
Seva’s groundbreaking new report, developed alongside Harvard economist Brad Wong, proves investment in eye health is one of the most cost-effective interventions to generate benefits across society.
For years, we’ve championed that restoring sight is one of the most cost-effective interventions to reducing poverty. We now have the data to back this statement up. Our report finds:
Every $1 invested in eye health returns $36 in benefits, be it increased productivity, higher income, or better learning.
The typical return in eye health ($36) is larger than the typical return in other areas of global health and development, including nutrition ($13), noncommunicable diseases ($9), and general global health and development ($6).
The bang-for-buck for eye health is six times greater than the typical return across all development. In other words, you can do six times more good by investing in eye health compared to a typical investment across all of global development.
What does this all mean? If we want to do the most good in our world, we must direct our resources and attention to problems with proven solutions and outcomes. Correcting vision is exactly that. It’s proven (eyeglasses have been around for 700 years), scalable (networks like Seva make it possible to deliver eye care safely in even the most remote locations), and inexpensive (it’s as little as $10 for a year of corrected vision).
This study makes the clear, factual, and data-driven case to world leaders that we all miss out by not investing in eye health. I encourage you to take a look at the policy brief linked here and learn more. The full study will be published on the WHO bulletin soon.
To the future,
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About the author
Kate Moynihan is an impassioned leader and decision-maker who has overseen programs in networked organizations and social enterprises in resource-constrained settings, internationally and in the United States. She is a catalyst for institutional and systems change, partnering successfully with diverse international organizations to deliver world-class leadership for mission-based social justice around the globe. Throughout Kate’s career, she has shown an unwavering commitment to improving the lives of people living in disadvantaged, marginalized segments of the world. Kate currently serves as Executive Director of the Seva Foundation, a non-profit organization based in Berkeley, California that transforms lives by restoring sight to individuals in areas with limited access to eye care.