One World Sight Project

One World Sight Project (OWSP) is an international fund-raising project to cure blindness around the world.

Over 30 years ago I was overwhelmed by the fact that there were 20 million people in the world who were needlessly blind and more than 1 million cases of new blindness developing each year! I was also deeply saddened because the majority of these people could have been cured by a relatively simple operation that often takes less than 20 minutes and costs less than $50! And despite the best efforts of the world’s leading eye care organizations, things were only getting worse.

It was at that time that I realized I could no longer just sit back and listen to the bad news. I felt that I might be able to make some kind of difference. At the very least, I would try. I was inspired to create the One World Sight Project by a song (One Spirit) that I wrote about the plight of the blind in 1988.

Listen to the song that inspired the creation of OWSP.

When I presented these ideas to my colleagues I was astounded by the amount of support and encouragement that I received. Over the years we have made much progress and have gained many powerful allies. Some of these allies have included Serge Resnikoff and Bjorn Thylefors, M.D. (both former heads of the World Health Organization’s Blindness Prevention Program), Nag Rao, former head of the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness, many of world’s major eye care organizations, the Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation, Nelson Mandela, musicians Stevie Wonder, Chick Corea, and Carlos Santana, and corporations such as VISX, Inc. and Allergan Medical.

One World Sight Project has made possible the completion of the first comprehensive community eye care training and treatment facility in all of Africa, located in Moshi, Tanzania. The Kilimanjaro Center for Community Ophthalmology trains eye surgeons from dozens of African countries.

We are currently working to show how replication can benefit eye care in developing countries from the aspects of identical facilities with standardized equipment and training, uniform job descriptions for each team member, economy of scale for supplies and maintenance, and the role of volunteer professionals as periodic instructors.

A complete description of this project can be found at www.EndBlindness.org. Tax-deductible online donations are gratefully accepted. Thank you in advance on behalf of the millions of men, women, and children around the world who are needlessly blind.

One World Sight Videos

One Spirit (Piano Version) – Listen to the piano version of One Spirit, as well as a video intro discussing the significance of the song.

Tommy’s World – Watch this video that was inspired by the work done by One World Sight Project and other NGOs. The song was written and sung by Derek Welsh, son of Bob Welsh MD.  As it happens, Dr. Welsh (who helped build the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute of the University of Miami School of Medicine and founded the Welsh Cataract Congress) was an early OWSP Advisor