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Improve Treatment, Find the Cause

Each year, the Pediatric Cataract Initiative funds select organizations and institutions for capacity-building projects seeking to improve and expand pediatric cataract prevention and treatment. The Initiative also funds basic research projects aimed at identifying causes of the disease and/or its treatment.

The following is a list of recipients who have been selected for research grants to help strengthen and expand treatment for preventable childhood blindness:


1) ORBIS - granted US $50,000 to assess the pediatric cataract surgical service in Southern Africa, informing and enhancing existing activities to strengthen pediatric eye care units at Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital in South Africa and Kitwe Central Hospital in Zambia.

2) The International Centre for Eye Health (ICEH) - granted US$50,000 to lead a five-year community-based assessment of Bangladeshi children, evaluating outcomes of their cataract eye surgeries, which evaluation locations include Child Sight Foundation (CSF) Pediatric Ophthalmology Units.


1) Lumbini Eye Institute - granted US $50,000 to study the cost and clinical effectiveness of a comprehensive pediatric cataract surgery follow-up system in western Nepal and adjacent northern Indian states.

2) Calabar Teaching Hospital - granted US $50,000 to investigate the burden and causes of severe visual impairment and blindness among children in the Cross River State of Nigeria.

3) Tianjin Eye Hospital - granted US$150,000 to finance a specialized pediatric cataract training initiative for training and education, equipment and screenings to prevent infant vision loss or blindness caused by cataracts, and to better the lives of China’s children and their families.

For additional details on eligibility and the application process, please contact:

Phillip Albano
Department Manager, LCIF Sight Programs
(630) 468-6895