Prevent Blindness is partnering with See Now — a global campaign to increase awareness and drive public mobilization on ending avoidable blindness and vision impairment — to launch a campaign asking American congressional leaders to help stop the growing number of people living with preventable vision loss in the U.S.
Through the campaign, Prevent Blindness reportedly urging members of Congress to provide at least $3.3 million in fiscal year 2018 to maintain and expand vision and eye health efforts at the Vision Health Initiative (VHI) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and provide at least $3.5 million fiscal year 2018 to establish a children’s vision and eye health coordinating center at Health Resources and Services Administration’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB).
The campaign includes a petition signing effort with a target of 20,000 signatures, asking the House and Senate Appropriations Committees to allocate funding for vision loss preventive efforts. Additionally, the See Now campaign also includes video testimony from patient ambassadors from Ohio, Pennsylvania and Texas who share their stories of how access to eye care has changed their lives.
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Source: Prevent Blindness