US provides children eye care in Kon Tum

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More than 8,800 primary- and secondary-school students in the Central Highlands province of Kon Tum will have their vision screened and get glasses if required under a US-funded project that was launched Monday.

It would be done at 20 schools in the province by July 2012, the US embassy said in a press release. The project is funded by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented by Helen Keller International, a New York-based nonprofit organization that works to prevent blindness and reduce malnutrition.

The project will also train provincial health personnel in pediatric ophthalmology to provide follow-up and care.

An estimated one in five Vietnamese children suffers from refractive error, but the vast majority remains undiagnosed and untreated, leaving young children with the high risk of blindness and irreversible vision loss.

Michael Foster, acting USAID Vietnam mission director, said in the release; "We look forward to strengthening our relationship with the provincial authorities to improve the quality of life for children."

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