I have been working in Bangladesh for 2 years now for a non-profit named Helen Keller International. Principally the organization is dedicated to reducing blindness in children through food security efforts. That’s all to say they attempt to reduce blindness by assisting implementing partners (local NGO’s) with best practices and models for showing families what vitamin rich foods to eat. The idea is to reduce wasting, stunting, obesity, blindness and improve general health and well-being.
Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP) is one of the areas we focus on. This is an over-simplified explanation but essentially babies who are placed into incubation receive higher than normal exposure or dosages to oxygen rich levels. This causes the retina to become swollen because the blood cells become oxygen rich and causes permanent damage in the form of blindness.
The organization also deals with diabetic retinopathy as well as education for women of reproductive age to enhance their breast-milk with nutrients for children in rural areas.