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UC Berkeley Students Build Ophthalmology Clinic in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia

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Contribute today: https://youcaring.com/seedofhealth Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/SeedOfHealth?ref=hl Twitter: https://twitter.com/Seed_of_Health Seed of Health launches $25,000 YouCaring crowd funding campaign to build ophthalmology clinic in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia Berkeley, CA -- April 20, 2014 -- Seed of Health is launching a $25,000 crowd funding campaign to open an ophthalmology clinic in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia. Funds from the campaign will be used to hire a full-time ophthalmologist and staff, rent clinic space, and buy medical equipment and supplies. This self-sustaining clinic will provide underserved patients with crucial eye care services and health education. The clinic will empower local physicians train mid-level health care providers and conduct epidemiology research to treat pressing local health problems. The clinic is expected to open in January 2015. "90% of my graduating class from medical school have moved on to more profitable countries to practice; I want to provide quality treatment in my community," said Dr. Guadie Sharew, Bahir Dar University. Dr. Guadie is an advisor and ophthalmologist for Seed of Health in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia. Ethiopia has the world's highest rate of blindness and low vision; over 60% of children in the Amhara region are infected with trachoma, and more than half of these children will die within one year of losing sight. With only one ophthalmologist per 843,000 patients, many lack access to basic diagnostics and treatment. Eighty percent of blindness in Ethiopia is preventable or curable, yet many physicians move out of the country due to severe under-compensation ($200 - $300 per month), poor working conditions, and no continuing medical education opportunity. "The addition of this clinic is crucial for the growth of the Ethiopian health care system. We don't aim to change their cultural practices or beliefs. We merely want to increase accessibility for both urban and rural patients and provide higher quality of care." said Rachel Bigley, Director of Public Relations at Seed of Health and third year Molecular and Cell Biology student at UC Berkeley. Seed of Health is a certified non-profit organization founded by UC Berkeley students and alumni with the mission of improving population health of underserved communities around the world. Seed of Health seeks to increase the availability of health care services by providing health education and establishing self-sustaining clinics. "Our goal is for the clinic to serve as a 'seed of health' for the community. We hope the clinic will be a pillar of good health and serve as a source of inspiration for local physicians," said Guangyang Cai, a Bioengineering student at UC Berkeley and the Director of Research and Development at Seed of Health. Please donate to our crowd funding project starting April 20th, 2014 on YouCaring.com or visit our website at www.seedofhealth.org to make a contribution.