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Speakers from left to right they are: Marianna Lipponen (DG DEVCO, European Commission), Elena Vilar-Pascual (DG DEVCO, European Commission), Delfina Hary (Light for the World in Mozambique), Catherine Naughton (EDF), Milan Šveřepa (Inclusion Europe), Carlos Cabo (Plan International)
During European Disability and Development Week 2019, Light for the World and the European Disability Forum (EDF) organised a roundtable on the importance of investing in disability inclusive education and early childhood development (ECD). The reflection that led us to this topic was two-fold.
Dr. Geoffrey Wabulembo - Credit: Light for the World
Light for the World is delighted to welcome Dr. Geoffrey Wabulembo as our new Medical Director for Eye Health and NTDs!
Yetnebersh Nigussie with pupils Credit: Light for the World
Today is the 3rd of December, International Day of Persons with Disabilities. The official theme reminds us that this day is about “Promoting the participation of persons with disabilities and their leadership.”
Mekonen Beyabeh and family Photo Credit Ulrich Eigner
At least 2.2 billion people have vision impairment or blindness, of which over 1 billion cases could have been prevented or have yet to be addressed. The WHO has launched the first World report on Vision.
Abdou Nourou aus Burkina Faso - Credit: LIGHT FOR THE WORLD
Research “Leave No Child Behind” reveals, governments are falling short on their commitments to protect millions of children with a disability around the world. Read Nourou's story.
Little boy with visual impairment with his mother at new Beira eye clinic.
The newest state-of-the-art Eye Clinic in Mozambique officially opened its doors on August 30th, 2019.

2018: Six important figures at a glance

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16,286,999
Number of treatments given to fight Neglected Tropical Diseases
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1,209,978
Number of people reached
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89,280
Eye surgeries performed
Persons with disabilities who received rehab wheelchair icon
34,696
Persons with disabilities who received rehabilitation
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24,212
Livelihood and empowerment activities
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12,953
Children with disabilities who received an education

Testimonials

Wouter Verboon
Wouter Verboon
optometrist

What would thousands of people in developing countries be without LIGHT FOR THE WORLD reaching out to them with eye care, education and rehabilitation? I have seen myself how these people are discriminated and marginalised.

Henry Wanyoike
Henry Wanyoike
Paralympic Gold Medallist and World Record Holder (Kenya)

I love to make this world a better place together with LIGHT FOR THE WORLD. People with disabilities have a great role to play in any community. They should not wait but stand up and go for their dreams and talents.

Isidore Ouedraogo
Isidore Ouedraogo
OCADES Burkina Faso

We look with pride at our many shared programmes in CBR, inclusive education and eye health, through which thousands regain their dignity and their place in Burkinabe society.

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