Shaylene Spaniola

Shaylene Spaniola

I will be documenting issues related to vision problems in Tanzania. 45 million people in the world are currently blind, two-thirds of whom are women. Cataracts remain the leading cause of blindness, despite the fact that a simple 15-minute surgical produce can restore sight immediately. Unfortunately, poor quality of service and high cost of treatment prevent the majority of the world’s blind from receiving proper care. I will be working with organizations such as the Seva Foundation, ‘So One Million Eyes See Again,’ Standard Chartered ‘Seeing is Believing.’ and Aravind ‘Management of Diabetic Retinopathy.’ These organizations hope to end avoidable blindness by the year 2020, and I will help these organizations create a media toolkit to present their case for a need to change.

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