Even in a year as challenging as 2020, Seva’s programs soared. Between June and December of last year, we supported six new vision centers. Now we’re on track to fund a total of 30 by June 30, 2021 (beating our goal of 13)! Our largest number of these new vision centers are in India; others are located in Nepal, Cambodia, Guatemala, Mexico, and Peru. This year also marks our first vision centers in Latin America!
Vision centers are one of Seva’s “Four Drivers for Success” in expanding eye care worldwide. These permanent, physical local facilities are equipped to meet 80% of all eye care needs and refer patients who require more advanced care to nearby hospitals. Each year, a vision center examines 3,600 patients on average, provides 360 pairs of glasses, and refers 300 patients to larger hospitals for additional services (including 125 for surgery).