Eye Care Caribbean

Report on the 2013 Annual Meeting of Vision 2020 Committees - Representatives for the Caribbean

The 2013 Caribbean Regional V2020 Committees Meeting was held at the Pegasus Hotel, Kingston, Jamaica on 3rd and 4th December. The proceedings were chaired by Arvel Grant, Chief Executive Officer of CCB-Eye Care Caribbean.2013 Caribbean Regional V2020 Committee Meeting2013 Caribbean Regional V2020 Committee Meeting

The meeting provided a platform for sharing, learning and networking between V2020 Committees and persons involved in eye health and paid particular attention to Diabetic Retinopathy – one of the most prevalent causes of blindness in the Caribbean. The meeting also provided an opportunity for delegates to become familiar with the World Health Organization’s global eye health action plan 2014–2019 ‘Towards Universal Eye Health’ - http://www.who.int/blindness/actionplan/en/




Blackburn Building occupied by Caribbean Council for the Blind and Visually Impaired since 4th quarter 2013

St John’s Antigua - August 26 2014: Following more that three years of negotiations with the Government; a Cabinet decision authorising the use of the Blackburn Building and permission from the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health, The Caribbean Council for the Blind and Visually Impaired moved into the Building in the 4th quarter of 2013 and commenced continuous retrofitting of the premises, to customise the space to the operational requirements of the Council in Antigua and Barbuda.



Antigua & Barbuda is the 6th Member of CARICOM to Include Refractionists in its Eye Health Programme

Mr Arvel Grant, CEO CCB-Eye Care CaribbeanMr Arvel Grant, CEO CCB-Eye Care Caribbean

Since their inception six months ago, the 3 community vision centres, staffed by 4 Refractionists (which are being implemented under a joint partnership between the Government of Antigua-Barbuda and CCB-Eye Care Caribbean) have examined over 7,000 patients and prescribed over 3,000 spectacles to those requiring visual-aid.

Chief Executive Officer, Arvel Grant, expects that the programme will continue to grow, noting that expansion plans includes the setting up of six new Vision centres across Antigua & Barbuda. He said those students and elderly who required further attention and could not afford the cost of their glasses, received their spectacles free.



Christy - The Little Survivor

Christy Joseph was one year old when she was diagnosed with Retinoblastoma - a rare type of eye cancer which mainly affects children under 5 years of age. A student at the Reunion Primary School in south-west St. Lucia, Christy is the pride and joy of her teachers.

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Making a difference for Linden’s Children who are Visually Impaired

Shellon Swaving Head of the Unit for the Visually Impaired and Ruel one of her studentsShellon Swaving Head of the Unit for the Visually Impaired and Ruel one of her studentsOn a rainy December morning we made our way to Linden located sixty-five miles to the south of Capital of Georgetown, Guyana. It was here that we found Shellon Swaving who heads the Unit for the Visually Impaired at the Wismar Hill Primary School.

Surrounded by students, she was all too eager to share with us her passion for teaching and in particular her love for students who are blind and visually impaired.

From an early age Shellon had two goals in life, that of being a teacher and the other of assisting the visually impaired in any way possible.

Growing up with a sister who is blind only served to fuel her passion and years later in 2009 her dream became a reality when she took over the reigns of the Unit for the Visually Impaired at the School.



Celebrating Our Children

Over the past 45 years, The Caribbean Council for the Blind, has empowered and enriched the lives of thousands across our Caribbean Community and beyond.

In celebration of Child Month, we introduced you to some very special children from across the region. We invite you to enjoy highlights of their very special stories.

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Nigel Hector - Happy in my world

The Caribbean Council for the Blind/Eye Care Caribbean continues to recognize some very special children.

From Jamaica, meet 10 year old Nigel Hector. A Grade 5 student at the Salvation Army School for the Blind. Nigel was born blind and is very "Happy in his world" - A Child Month extra.

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Janeil Odlum - Disability does not mean inability

The Caribbean Council for the Blind/ Eye Care Caribbean continues to recognize some very special children.

Making strides in Barbados is Janeil Odlum, she is the first ever visually impaired contestant to enter the Optimist International Zone's Caribbean District Oratorical Contest. A student at the Combermere School, Janeil placed second on competing against other contestants from across the region. She shares with us her story of tragedy and triumph - A Child Month extra.

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One day at a time - Shantay's Story

As we continue to celebrate International Child Month and Caribbean Blindness Awareness Month, Eye Care Caribbean invites you to view and share this short video about fourteen year old Shantay Lester, a student of The Queens School in Kingston, Jamaica.

You will be struck by her charm, intelligence and optimism, despite the challenges she faces.
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Toshtika - a Little Girl with Promise

In continued celebration of May as: International Child Month and Caribbean Blindness Awareness Month, CCB-Eye Care Caribbean, invites you to view and share this short video about 10 year old Toshtika - a student at the Salvation Army School for the Blind in Kingston, Jamaica.

You and yours will be inspired by her: budding poetry, inspirational singing and amazingly optimistic outlook.
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