100&Change: 2020

Seva Foundation

Scaling Sight: Ending Preventable Blindness in Guatemala and Beyond

We will eliminate preventable blindness in Guatemala within 10 years, creating the blueprint to scale Seva’s evidence-based model, Global Sight Initiative (GSI), throughout Latin America.

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Two-page overview of proposal
Competition Participation
100&Change: 2020
Current Work Location(s):
  • Departamento de Guatemala, Guatemala
  • State of Tamil Nādu, India
  • Lima, Peru
  • Estado de Querétaro de Arteaga, Mexico
  • Departamento Central, Paraguay
  • Departamento de Izabal, Guatemala
  • Departamento de Chiquimula, Guatemala
  • Departamento de Alta Verapaz, Guatemala
  • Departamento de Quetzaltenango, Guatemala
  • Departamento de Huehuetenango, Guatemala
Priority Populations:
  • Indigenous peoples
  • Multiracial people
  • Economically disadvantaged people
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):
  • 3. Good health and well-being
  • 4. Quality education
  • 8. Decent work and economic growth
  • 9. Industry, innovation and infrastructure

Executive Summary:

Worldwide, 285 million people are blind or have debilitating visual impairment. Yet, solutions exist to cure or prevent 80% of their conditions. Seva Foundation proposes to scale our proven GSI eye care delivery model nationally in Guatemala and create the platform to subsequently extend throughout Latin America. Near the end of the project period, we will lay the groundwork to expand to Mexico and Paraguay. Our project will incorporate an innovative digital data component that will both accelerate and demonstrate impact. Guatemala, population 17 million, is small enough to end preventable blindness. Its primary healthcare system structure is the same or similar to others in the region, as are its challenges. Our local partner of 13 years, Visualiza, is poised to expand its current operation, a GSI model, into a national nonprofit eye care system. Regaining their sight, marginalized people will regain independence, economic productivity, and human dignity.

Organization Details
Lead Organization

Seva Foundation

website: https://www.seva.org/
Organization Headquarters
Alameda County, California, United States
Organization ID
Annual Operating Budget
< $10 Million
Number of Full-time Employees
50 to 99

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