June 2, 2015 - HelpMeSee, a global campaign to eliminate cataract blindness, has begun a member partnership with the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness, "a global alliance of non-governmental agencies and institutions seeking excellence and equity in the provision of eye health services." HelpMeSee joins many other highly regarded public health organizations in this recognition.
"HelpMeSee is pleased to be working with the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness," said Jacob Mohan Thazhathu, President & CEO of HelpMeSee. "We will play a proactive role in this community to reach the critical goal of ending preventable cataract blindness. As one of the leaders in public eye health worldwide, the IAPB will be an invaluable partner in our global campaign."
HelpMeSee joins dozens of other organizations and leading eye care NGO’s who participate as members of the IAPB. As a member, HelpMeSee will help to drive priorities in global eye health, receive further access to international organizations included the World Health Assembly, UN Economic & Social Council, G20 and World Bank, and participate in the leading network of organizations committed to ending preventable blindness. HelpMeSee also brings its groundbreaking technology in cataract surgical simulation, cloud-based reporting systems and GIS-GPS mapping.
"Simulation training has a proven successful track record in various areas of medicine," said Dr. Van Lansingh, HelpMeSee Medical Officer for Latin America. "We hope to have a proven concept in the future that will ensure patient safety and increase surgeons’ proficiency to reduce the prevalence of blindness due to unoperated cataract."
Founded in 1975, the IAPB coordinates global efforts to prevent blindness and includes a group of eye care NGO’s and organizations committed to providing eye care worldwide. Its vision is to achieve, “A world in which everyone has access to the best possible standard of eye health; where no one is needlessly visually impaired; and where those with irreparable vision loss achieve their full potential.” Administration of the IAPB network includes seven regions: IAPB Africa, IAPB EMRO (Eastern Mediterranean), IAPB Europe, IAPB Latin America, IAPB North America, IAPB South East Asia, and IAPB Western Pacific.
HelpMeSee is a global campaign to eliminate cataract blindness, the leading cause of preventable blindness worldwide. Along with the GIS-GPS app, HelpMeSee has developed a virtual reality MSICS training simulator to train cataract specialists as well as a pre-sterilized surgical kit to deliver safe care in remote areas. To date, the campaign has delivered over 194,000 sight-restoring surgeries to patients in India, Nepal, China, Peru, Vietnam, Togo and Sierra Leone.