Charitable organizations are often either under scrutiny or they are attempting to raise funds. Earlier this year, the organization published more information about their annual income rising more than 50%. This international charity is head over heels for helping individuals find a cure for blindness, or perhaps a better way of dealing with it. This charity now bypassing more than 300 million pounds in annual income is huge.
While the income is going up, it’s different from what you hear about with other organizations. This charity increases its donations with in-kind donations, like relevant medications. One company, in particular, Merck and Company, donated 191 million pounds worth of Mectizan tablets. These tablets are known for preventing what is called “river blindness”. The year prior, these tablets were donated, offering a value of more than 135 million pounds.
“What is river blindness?” River blindness is a parasitic infection that can, over time, cause irreversible blindness. The disease is spread by the bite of infected black flies that breed near fast-flowing rivers. 120 million people are at risk worldwide. River blindness can lead to severe skin irritation, pain and sight loss. 500,000 people are blind because of it. 37 million are infected by the disease. Medication can stop it spreading. Fly catchers work to eradicate the flies that carry river blindness. Together, we can eliminate the disease. Learn more: www.sightsavers.org (or click link in our bio!) #Sightsavers #riverblindness #ntds #blindness #eyes #eyehealth #vision #sight #sightloss #visionloss #eyecare #eyehealth #beatNTDs #nomoreNTDs #blindnessawareness #endavoidableblindness #avoidableblindness #river #rivers #riversides #didyouknow #dyk #factoftheday #interesting #interestingfacts
There are other accounts like the Trachoma Initiative as well. This account was also very generous, donating Zithromax for the purpose of treating Trachoma in Sudan. This fund totaled more than 39 million pounds and counting. An infectious disease, this is known as a type of chlamydia which effects the eyelid in two separate phases. This can also cause the eyelids to roughen.
The tablets were not always donated in this fashion, but now they may appear in the accounts of those who hold Sightsavers accounts. Although this setup is unique, it is only to be temporary, and it was designed to be a solution amid the US sanctions against Sudan. As long as this is so, it allows the tablets to get where to they need to be, and this may well be the long-term solution so long as it is allowed to continue.
One of the major bonuses in working with Sighsaver’s is that the way the accounts are set up, it allows for the treatment of more patients. With the donations that were given, allowing them to treat more than 154 million people.