HelpMeSee is the global campaign to end the global health crisis of cataract blindness, and is currently active in 10 developing countries across Asia, Africa, and the Americas. Working with the United Nations, we aim to raise awareness among local governments about supporting treatment for 20 million people impacted from cataracts (WHO), and collaborate to solve this public health issue.

HelpMeSee values our position as an NGO with Special Consultative Status to the Economic and Social Committee (ECOSOC) of the UN. We plan to use this status to inform nations’ delegates to ECOSOC and enable them to make decisions that best promote access to eye care. Our work supports the UN's Sustainable Development Goals for 2030 by promoting equality and opportunity for individuals worldwide.

We are excited to join member states and collaborate with CSOs and NGOs to find the greatest possible reach of our efforts, to improve eye health worldwide.
An Introduction to the Sustainable Development Goals

In September 2015, during the United Nations' Sustainable Development Summit, more than 190 world leaders adopted the “2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,” which includes a set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and ensure global well-being by 2030. HelpMeSee’s mission of eliminating cataract blindness within two decades will constitute a significant contribution to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. As the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development aims at “leaving no one behind,” HelpMeSee’s vision and strategy provides valuable tools to move in that direction, not only restoring people’s sight, but enhancing global well-being, societal inclusiveness, and gender-equality.

"HelpMeSee’s mission and strategy perfectly align with the purpose of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development; through sight restoration in the developing world, HelpMeSee is tackling social and gender inequalities, and economic issues. HelpMeSee stands with the United Nations to make the commitment of the Sustainable Development Goals a reality, and to successfully implement international initiatives about global health and well-being.”
- Jacob Mohan Thazhathu, President and CEO of HelpMeSee

HelpMeSee and the Sustainable Development Goals

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Healthy Lives and Well Being for All

The attainment of healthy people and well-being at all ages is the goal that most relates to HelpMeSee’s campaign. HelpMeSee is advocating for cataract surgical services to be included in the set of essential health-care services provided to the population. Through its mission, HelpMeSee is delivering these services in areas where access to them is limited, building capacity and strengthening the health-care system.

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Poverty and cataract blindness

Studies have found that there is a correlation between blindness and poverty, as blindness exacerbates poverty by sharply reducing opportunities for participation in income-generating activities. This has been observed especially in developing countries, where the WHO has identified 90% of new cases of untreated cataract blindness. By restoring sight to the needlessly blind, HelpMeSee contributes to building a future where no one is living in poverty.

 

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Promoting gender equality

Two-thirds of the blind are women. This is not because women are more prone to suffer from cataract than men, but because they generally have less access to health care. HelpMeSee is committed to making sure that women enjoy equal access to health care as men. We also work to increase the number of women ophthalmologists and health workers in developing countries.

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Promoting social inclusion

The costs of blindness are very large in economic terms, and social costs are both direct and indirect; for example, loss of productivity and earnings for individual and families. A person who is not able to work due to severe visual impairment or cataract blindness is often marginalized, especially in developing countries. Restoring sight can help restore a person's role in society, with networked benefits for local and global economies.

Percentage of Blind Population Madagascar