HelpMeSee – a global campaign to eliminate blindness caused by cataracts – today announced a strategic, collaborative partnership with the Trafigura Foundation – a world-class foundation, committed to helping people and communities reach their full potential through sustainable solutions for economic and social development.
The partnership supports the HelpMeSee goal of eliminating cataract blindness by targeting communities living in austere circumstances with the objective of building sustainable access to well-trained local surgeons who can provide high quality, sight-restoring MSICS (manual small incision cataract surgeries) through the use of an innovative, pre-sterilized, single-use MSICS Kit. Initially, Senegal, Gambia, Mali, Guinea Conakry and Angola in Africa and Myanmar in Asia have been identified for the partnership's first phase.
The main component of this partnership is a $350,000 Matching Grant Fund that doubles any gift made through the www.HelpMeSee.org donation portal by December 2014. The matching grant enables HelpMeSee to not only expand its programmatic reach, but allows full integration and implementation of the MSICS Kit – an approach that will significantly improve surgical outcomes and allow programmatic expansion into some of the world's most rural and underserved regions.