Stories

I never realised how blind I was… Two years into hosting breakfast radio on 98five FM I was broadcasting from our studios in Como, Perth Western Australia, asking our family of listeners to support CBM by giving $33 towards a simple cataract operation.  It was 2013 and my first Miracles Day.  I knew what cataracts were, as my grandmother had hers removed...

Author: David Lewis OAM, CBM Focal Point for 'Inclusion in Eye Health' and 'Environmental Sustainability' The ‘Vision 2020: The Right to Sight’ global initiative was launched in 1999 to promote and develop global momentum to reduce avoidable blindness. The governments of 195 countries have signed the Vision 2020 declaration showing their support for its objectives. CBM’s...

Emotional. Humbling. Magical. Inspirational. Breathtaking.  I’m a radio host, so every day my microphone is switched on and I spend hours and hours discussing just about every topic under the sun… but my visits to Vietnam, the Philippines and Nepal with CBM have left me nothing short of speechless. To put it simply, I’ve seen a miracle. And I’ve been...

Author: Stuart Harris, General manager ACCTV Story-telling is an ancient practice. It’s how we transfer information to one another, and humans have told stories since time began. I recently had the opportunity to travel to the remote south-eastern corner of Nepal, far off the beaten Himalayan tourist track, to a small village where 11-year old Yangsang lives with his family.   I...

Even though this is my seventh Miracles Day, I never get tired of seeing people go from being blind to being able to see.  I’ve had the honour of witnessing cataract surgeries in Tanzania, Nepal, Vietnam (twice!) and The Philippines.  I’ve met a father in Tanzania who couldn’t feed his family until he had surgery and his sight was...

At CBM, Inclusive Eye Health means ensuring eye health programmes are accessible and open to all members of the community, including people with disability and others who are marginalised and socially excluded. It also includes proactively ensuring that people with long term vision impairment access their right to wider opportunities to health, education and...

CATARACT FACTS Cataracts are the leading cause of blindness, responsible for just over half [51%] the cases of blindness around the world? That’s around 20 million people – the majority of them living in developing countries. A cataract is the milky clouding of the eye lens. Cataracts can occur in one or both eyes. Trying to see with a cataract has been...