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According to a medical examination conducted on over 60,000 students in Gaza by the Palestinian Information Medical Center, approximately 16% of respondents were reported to have a diagnosed medical condition; of this, 52% were attributed to a visual impairment.
Detecting eyesight problems early on is critical in preventing a particular condition from getting worse over time. Early detection can prevent vision loss and improve the overall health and well-being of an individual. Across Gaza, many poor and low-income households are unable to provide their children with certified optometry assessments and prescription eyeglasses. This can have harmful effects to the overall health and well-being of an individual as many eye-related conditions tend to worsen over time due to age-related macular degeneration (AMD).
HOW IDRF IS HELPING
In partnership with SARD, IDRF is providing 500 children and youth from targeted regions across Gaza with one pair of prescription eyeglasses following a certified optometry assessment. The direct beneficiaries for this project have been selected in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education in Gaza.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
A $30.00 donation made towards this project will provide one pair of prescription eyeglasses to an identified beneficiary.
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