Founded in 1915, Helen Keller International is dedicated to saving the sight of vulnerable and disadvantaged populations in Vietnam. We combat the causes and consequences of blindness and malnutrition by establishing programs based on evidence and research in vision, health, and nutrition.
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Helen Keller International is dedicated to combatting the causes and consequences of vision loss and making clear vision a reality for those who are most vulnerable and lack access to quality eye care.
We are also dedicated to combating the causes and consequences of malnutrition so that fewer people suffer a loss of their productive years because they do not have enough of the right kinds of foods to eat.
There is a group of infectious diseases found in Vietnam that are rarely encountered or heard about in the developed world. They are called neglected tropical diseases or diseases of poverty. They include Trachoma, River Blindness, Intestinal Worms and other debilitating, painful, and sometimes deadly illnesses. According to the World Health Organization, these diseases infect one in six people, including half a billion children, and are responsible for more than 500,000 deaths each year. Neglected tropical diseases perpetuate cycles of poverty. They can result in blindness, chronic pain, severe disability, and malnutrition which prevents children from attending school and adults from working; this, in turn, severely restricts the economic productivity of some of the poorest communities in the world.
We also work on eye health, especially our ChildSight program centered on school-based vision care services that bring education into focus.