DISABILITY - GENDER - PUBLIC HEALTH

Helen Keller’s legacy

Helen Keller International, which works in some 22 countries, strives to prevent blindness and eradicate malnutrition throughout the world. They do this through education and social programs, partnerships with governments and other health agencies in impoverished communities throughout the world, and striving towards sustainable solutions to these problems. Founded in 1915, Helen Keller International is dedicated to saving the sight and lives of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged.

Part of this work is focused on preventing blindness and vision loss for millions of vulnerable people through cataract surgery, vision correction, vitamin A supplementation, screening and treatment for diabetic retinopathy, and distribution of treatments and cures for neglected tropical diseases. They also work to reduce malnutrition by promoting solutions aimed at improving nutrition practices for millions of families. These include maternal and child nutrition education, fortification of staple foods with essential nutrients, globally recognized family-led agricultural programs, and community based management of acute malnutrition.

Helen Keller International
also reaches tens of thousands of under-served youth in the United States each year through ChildSight. This unique program provides free vision screenings and prescription eyeglasses to students living in poverty in California, Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, and Ohio.
The organization currently leads no less than 180 programs in 22 African and Asian countries.

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Website: http://www.hki.org/

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