The Child Blindness Program features prominently in USAID’s approach to the eradication of preventable blindness.  The main feature of the program is the Child Blindness and Eye Health Grants Fund, which originated through a Congressional directive in 1991 to prevent and treat child blindness.  Today, the Child Blindness Program is a component of A2Z: The USAID Micronutrient and Child Blindness Project, managed by the Academy for Educational Development (AED).  The A2Z Child Blindness Program provides grants to NGOs for programs including eye health education, vision screening, clinical and surgical services, training of health workers and community members, provision of necessary medical treatments including eyeglasses, and education and rehabilitation of blind children.

More information on child blindness and USAID investments can be found in: The USAID Child Blindness Program: Fostering Development through the Prevention and Treatment of Blinding Eye Disease. Stories from USAID's past child blindness activities are captured in Looking to the Future with Hope (PDF).


A2Z Grantees

The A2Z Child Blindness Project has awarded 41 grants to 24 local and international organizations to support work in 29 countries across Latin America, Asia, and sub-Saharan Africa. All grantees and the location of their activities, highlighted on the map, are listed below. Additional details regarding individual grantees can also be found at the links below:

Grantee Profiles
Grantee News & Materials


Organization Location of activities
Aravind Eye Care System India
Advocate for Youth Ghana
African Union for the Blind (AFUB) Rwanda
Child Sight Foundation (CSF) Bangladesh
Christian Blind Mission  (CBM) Haiti & India
Consejo de Salud Rural Andino (CSRA) Bolivia
Fred Hollows Foundation (FHF) Vietnam
Fundacion para el Desarrollo de la Mujer (FUDEM) El Salvador
Helen Keller International (HKI) Indonesia, Niger & Nigeria
Himalayan Cataract Project (HCP) Nepal
International Center for Eyecare Education (ICEE) South Africa
International Relief and Development (IRD) Laos
International Eye Foundation Malawi
International Rescue Committee (IRC) Ethiopia, Kenya & Thailand
Kilimanjaro Center for Community Ophthalmology (KCCO) Ethiopia, Madagascar, 
Tanzania & Zambia
Orbis International Ethiopia, India & Peru
Perkins School for the Blind Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Mexico, Philippines
Rose Charities Children’s Surgical Center Cambodia
Sadguru Netra Chikitsalaya (SNC) India
Scojo Foundation India
Seva Foundation Cambodia & Nepal
SightSavers International (SSI) Malawi & Uganda
Tanzania Society for the Blind Tanzania
VisionSpring India