Paolo Patruno

Photographer/Filmmaker
  
Seva Canada
Location: Bologna
Nationality: Italian
Biography: I am a freelance documentary photographer and filmmaker. I traveled throughout Africa over the past ten years, documenting global topics, including health care, education, human rights, gender issues, sustainable development. Since 2011 I’m... MORE
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Seva Canada
Copyright Paolo Patruno 2022
Updated Sep 2016
Topics Documentary, Photography
SEVA CANADA - Blantyre, Malawi.

Lions Sight First Eye Hospital
Seva is a charity organization working for children and adults in Africa.
Malawi is one of the poorest countries in the world and has a population of approximately 13 million people, of whom 50% are children. For children in Malawi, congenital and developmental cataracts are the leading causes of blindness. Every year approximately 120-180 children are born with congenital cataracts or they develop cataracts; moreover, there is a backlog of over 600 children who need urgent eye care. Without urgent help, these children will face a lifetime of blindness and all the suffering which that entails.
Childhood blindness is one of the five priority diseases that have been targeted by the VISION 2020 initiative. The Childhood Blindness Program in Malawi is dedicated to reducing childhood blindness through early identification of children with visual impairment, providing appropriate interventions, and follow up.
One of the many challenges of childhood blindness is finding and identifying children with vision problems. Childhood blindness often goes unnoticed because children cannot speak for themselves about their poor vision so parents are unaware of it. In addition, parents themselves are more concerned about the general health of their children rather than their eyes.
Seva Canada provides high-quality comprehensive eye care services for the children in Malawi.
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