The USAID Child Blindness Program (CBP)

Baby recovering from cataract surgery
The International Eye Foundation

At this time the deadline for March 4, 2014 submission has passed, and we are no longer accepting applications.

Through quality, innovative programs, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is preventing and treating blindness, restoring sight and providing eyeglasses to thousands of people in the poorest communities of the world. The Child Blindness Program (CBP) features prominently in USAID’s approach to the elimination of blindness. CBP originated through a Congressional directive in 1991 to deal specifically with the problem of child blindness. Since then, more than 31 eye care and health non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have received grants totaling approximately $30 million to implement eye care interventions in 58 countries. The primary interventions have included eye health education, vision screening, provision of eyeglasses and other visual aids, cataract and other sight-restoring surgery, education and rehabilitation services, provision of antibiotics and other essential medicines and training of medical staff and community-based individuals. The sustainability of interventions depends on high quality care, sufficient human resources, state-of-the-art training, increased demand for services, affordable costs, adequate and functional equipment and efficient clinical and organizational management systems.

Map of where the Child Blindness Program works
Locations of the CBP programs


Photo of young girls taking a vision test
The International Eye Foundation

Deliver and expand coverage of quality eye care services for children in underserved communities by:

  • Increasing the availability and accessibility to quality vision services for children and other vulnerable groups;
  • Conducting focused operational research to address the barriers and constraints that limit the effectiveness, sustainability, and impact of pediatric eye care interventions and service;
  • Improving the capacity of eye care organizations by strengthening administrative, technical and/or financial functions.

Increase global knowledge based on best practices and innovative approaches for pediatric eye care programs by:

  • Testing, designing, and expanding the scale of innovative approaches for eye care in various country contexts;
  • Increasing the evidence base for effective approaches to large-scale pediatric eye care programs.


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


Last updated: March 05, 2014

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