Unite For Sight Fact Sheet and Story Angles

Unite For Sight at a Glance

Organization Founded: 2000
International Global Health Delivery Programs Founded: 2004
Global Health & Innovation Conference Founded: 2004
Eye Care Services Provided To: 1,800,000
Sight-Restoring Cataract Surgeries Provided By Local Eye Clinic Partners With Unite For Sight's Support: 78,169
Fellows Trained: 9,600


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Founded By A College Student

Jennifer Staple-Clark founded Unite For Sight in 2000, during her sophomore year at Yale University. Since that time, Jennifer has developed Unite For Sight into a global nonprofit organization that has provided eye care to more than 1.8 million people in North America, Africa, and Asia. A visionary and social entrepreneur, Jennifer Staple has been featured twice in Nicholas D. Kristof's columns in The New York Times, and she received the American Institute of Public Service's 2009 National Jefferson Award For Public Service, which is regarded as the "Nobel Prize" for public service.


Innovative Programs Provide Quality Care To 1.8 million

Unite For Sight's innovative programs in Ghana, Honduras, and India have provided the highest quality of care to more than 1.8 million of the world's poorest people, including more than 78,169 sight-restoring surgeries. The eye care is provided by local eye doctors. In 2008, Unite For Sight sponsored 5,011 of the 14,053 cataract surgeries performed by Ghanaian eye clinics, 36% of all cataract surgeries done in Ghana. In 2009, with Unite For Sight's collaboration with four partner ophthalmologists, Ghana increased its surgical volume to 17,366 annual surgeries. Unite For Sight's outreach programs with the four partner eye clinics provided 46% of all cataract surgeries performed in Ghana in 2009, and these 8,060 surgeries were provided for patients living in extreme poverty. Unite For Sight was directly responsible for 92% of the cataract surgical increase in Ghana between 2008 and 2009. By 2010, five of the forty-five ophthalmologists in Ghana were partners of Unite For Sight, and these five ophthalmologists continue to provide more than half of all eye surgeries in Ghana.


Unite For Sight's Model

Unite For Sight supports local eye clinics worldwide by investing human and financial resources in their social ventures to eliminate barriers to eye care for patients living in extreme poverty. With Unite for Sight’s support, the clinic outreach efforts extend to individuals in villages sometimes located seven or more hours from the closest eye clinic. All of the eye care services are comprehensive, including examinations, diagnosis, treatment, surgery, and education by local doctors. Barriers to care are further eliminated by funding surgeries and providing transportation for those requiring advanced ophthalmic care at the eye clinic. The outreach teams provide the patients and villages with follow-up care regularly throughout the year, and postoperative outcomes and quality of care are monitored by Unite For Sight.


9,600 Fellows Trained

Since 2003, Unite For Sight has trained more than 9,600 fellows to eliminate preventable blindness in their local communities and abroad. These fellows participate in Unite For Sight's international Global Impact Corps and local University Chapter programs. All volunteers participating in Unite For Sight's international Global Impact Corps program work daily with local ophthalmologists, local optometrists, and local ophthalmic nurses to eliminate patient barriers to care and to facilitate comprehensive year-round eye care for patients living in extreme poverty. Unite For Sight prides itself on offering the best global health experience for our Global Impact Fellows, coupled with the highest quality of healthcare delivery programs with our partner eye clinics in Ghana, Honduras, and India.


Important Facts About Unite For Sight

  • Unite For Sight is not a "medical mission". Unite For Sight does not provide short-term programs or interventions. Unite For Sight supports local eye clinics that work daily to provide year-round eye care to patients living in extreme poverty.
  • Unite For Sight is the world's leader in socially responsible, effective volunteering and in providing cost-effective care to the world's poorest people.
  • Unite For Sight applies best practices in global health delivery to achieve high-quality eye care for all.
  • Unite For Sight works with local eye clinic partners to create and implement effective, sustainable, year-long eye care programs.
  • The eye care services are comprehensive, including examinations by local eye doctors, diagnosis and care for all treatable conditions, and prevention. This full range of services is delivered to the population year-round.
  • Outreach services are brought to the people in their villages, which range from one to seven hours away from the clinic.
  • All eye care and surgeries are provided by local eye doctors who are highly skilled and trained.
  • Unite For Sight's volunteers (Global Impact Fellows) support and assist local eye clinics and their ophthalmic staff.
  • Unite For Sight runs a highly effective and efficient organization, and 100% of all donations go directly to providing eye care for patients living in extreme poverty.