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Taiwan donates money for children's eye care treatment in Nepal

2012/04/24 22:31:08

New Dehli, April 24 (CNA) Taiwan donated US$100,000 to ORBIS International on Tuesday to support the nonprofit organization's ophthalmology project in Nepal.

Philip Ong, Taiwan's representative to India, signed a cooperation agreement with Paul Forrest, the charity's Asia regional director, at the Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology in the capital of Kathmandu the same day.

The project, which was launched in October 2011 and will run until December 2013, involves the establishment of a children's ophthalmology center with three primary eye care centers and specialized pediatric ophthalmology teams.

Nearly 1,400 children with eye diseases will be able to receive surgery or medical treatment, and 120,000 children will be able to receive eyesight examinations.

According to the nonprofit group's Taipei office, Nepal has one of the highest figures of blindness in children in the world.

About 30 percent of the country's adults live in poverty, and 25 percent earn less than US$1 per day. Many children become blind because their families cannot afford eye treatment that costs on average US$150 per child, the office added.

ORBIS International is a nonprofit global organization that aims to help preserve and restore eyesight by assisting local institutions' efforts to prevent and treat blindness.

(By He Horn-ju and C.J. Lin)