PREMIUM supports LIGHT FOR THE WORLD again this year

PREMIUM has been supporting the organisation LIGHT FOR THE WORLD in close cooperation for many years. Also this Year PREMIUM has financially supported the committed association with a donation of more than € 90,000.

Trachoma is one of the leading causes of blindness worldwide. Over 1.9 million people have lost their sight due to trachoma. The Tigray region, with a population of 5.4 million, is particularly hard hit. The infection rate there is 26%, meaning that 1.4 million people are at risk of going blind. What is particularly tragic is that it is mainly children who are affected.

LIGHT FOR THE WORLD is an international organization for inclusive development. It saves eyesight and enables people with disabilities to have a self-determined future. The goal is an inclusive society that is open to all and leaves no one behind.

Especially in a year marked by a pandemic, it is even more important to ensure aid to the most remote regions. LIGHT FOR THE WORLD is committed to the provision of eye care, mobile aid missions, operations and the distribution of medicines, as well as the fight against neglected tropical diseases, in precisely such regions. In order to fight diseases in a sustainable way, training of ophthalmologists and specialized personnel is essential for LIGHT FOR THE WORLD.

The lockdown has led to a backlog of necessary eye surgeries in the partner countries and blind people have to wait longer until they can see again. Despite the current measures and especially because of a pandemic like this, the implementation of the SAFE strategy is even more important. Not only does it serve as a tool to eradicate trichomes altogether, the SAFE strategy also relies heavily on education for disease and infection.

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