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1 Rotarians & friends making blindness history © Community Initiatives Presented by the Rotary Club of Stevenage Grange Hertfordshire, England

2 Rotarians and friends making blindness history 2 Whats the Rotarians Ophthalmic Initiative or ROI about?

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4 Rotarians and friends making blindness history 4 ROI provides low cost ophthalmoscopes to detect signs of eye and other life threatening conditions It applies (TRF) matching grants to restore sight

5 Rotarians and friends making blindness history 5 75% of impending blindness is treatable or curable

6 Rotarians and friends making blindness history 6 Early diagnosis and follow up treatments are critical

7 Rotarians and friends making blindness history 7 The scale of the challenge

8 Rotarians and friends making blindness history 8 We live in a world where and yet 75%... yes 75% can be prevented, or cured The vision of 314m people is impaired 37 million people are currently blind 2 million could go blind next year Today, a child goes blind every minute

9 Rotarians and friends making blindness history million people need examination and treatment

10 Rotarians and friends making blindness history 10 Cataracts are the leading cause of avoidable blindness They account for 47% of the worlds blind A 20 minute corrective operation costs as little as £14 (US $20)

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12 Rotarians and friends making blindness history 12 So where does ROI fit in?

13 Rotarians and friends making blindness history 13 What is an ophthalmoscope? Its a non-invasive tool used to examine the retina. It can identify serious medical conditions, as well as eye disorders

14 Rotarians and friends making blindness history 14 Early retinal examination also identifies other life challenging conditions Diabetes Heart disease Brain tumours Cerebral malaria Hypertension The Optyse

15 Rotarians and friends making blindness history 15 The ROI Optyse TM Is engraved Donated by Rotarians Its a global award winning, portable, lens free ophthalmoscope It costs just £27.50, and may be used literally in the field with minimal training (Other products may be deployed) Mr Roger Armour

16 Rotarians and friends making blindness history 16 ROI training IMPACTs Mobile training unit (Mumbai)Sightsavers mobile clinic in Africa

17 Rotarians and friends making blindness history 17 Make your donation go further A TRF matching grant project helps achieve so much more Club donations are matched at 50% DDF contributions are matched at 100% Other grants are also available Typically each £1 or $ attracts another 5

18 Rotarians and friends making blindness history 18 Benefits of donating to an ROI Matching Grant project Its so simple. We do the administration Its recognised by The Rotary Foundation It attracts Paul Harris Fellowship credits Your Club is a named project partner It gets publicity & promotion opportunities

19 Rotarians and friends making blindness history 19 What has been achieved? People are being screened around the globe Over 2,500 cataract operations have been funded Specialist eye-care equipment has been purchased All from Club donations of some £10,000 or $14,000 (As at Spring 2009)

20 Rotarians and friends making blindness history 20 ROI providing global support VISION 2020: A joint initiative of WHO and the International Agency for Prevention of Blindness

21 Rotarians and friends making blindness history 21 ROI supported by others

22 Rotarians and friends making blindness history 22 What unites us? The very real prospect of making a difference for so many

23 Rotarians and friends making blindness history 23 Support ROI today Its a global Rotarian Initiative Addresses sight, health, and poverty Uncomplicated and works Cost efficient with a great ROI A unified screen and see programme

24 Rotarians and friends making blindness history 24 Donating couldnt be simpler 1.Decide how much to donate 2.Pay by cheque, bank transfer or PayPal 3.Fill in the Word based form on our web site 4. Confirm you are happy to be a partner in a matching grant project

25 Rotarians and friends making blindness history 25 From earlier screening … … to TRF funded treatments Summing up We fear loosing the sight most Some 2m people go blind each year … some will die needlessly 75% can be treated or cured It cost so little to restore sight Do help others see the light

26 Rotarians and friends making blindness history 26 Thank you for your interest, and for sharing our Clubs vision for 2020

27 Rotarians and friends making blindness history 27 Acknowledgements Stevenage Grange wish to thank our narrators, author Ken Follett and Sir John Major, former Prime Minister & VISION 2020: THE RIGHT TO SIGHT Ambassador; Technical advisors Richard Vobes and Craig Fisher, as well as the following who also freely donated time, energy and enthusiasm to help make blindness history for many Standard Chartered Bank Hertbeat FM, Knebworth Designed, written & produced by Rtn. Stephen Sypula

28 Photographic donations Nick Beare, Ophthalmologist, Blantyre, Malawi WHO VISION 2020: The Right To Sight Sight Savers International Christian Blind Mission Ophthalmos Limited ORBIS IMPACT From earlier screening … … to TRF funded treatments

29 Rotarians and friends making blindness history 29 Exhibitor at the RI 2009 Convention


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