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Contact: Claudia Monlouis

Thursday, January 29, 2009 – Saint Lucian children with critical eye health concerns , requiring specialized care are recently benefited from the Saint Lucia Blind Welfare’s Kids Insight programme.

The group of medical specialists from the University Hospital of West Virginia conducted several clinics and surgeries for the young patients during their one-week stay on the island.

Executive Director of the Blind Welfare Association (SLBWA), Mr. Anthony Avril, says the group will also work in the south of the island.

“The Kids Insight team arrived this past weekend and they are spending about 8-9 days with us . They should have been here in December but couldn’t due to various matters that had to be dealt with. As you know the Kids Insight project, which began in Saint Lucia in 2003, is a joint activity between the the SLBWA and the Lions Clubs of Saint Lucia.”

Mr. Avril described Kids Insight's contribution as an investment for Saint Lucia, as many cases would result in total vision deterioration, if such care was not accessed for the children.

“There are over 120 children who are in need of that kind of intervention. We hope that we’ll be able to continue this activity, since so many children are benefiting from this special intervention.”

Meantime parents can contact the SLBWA on how to access the eye clinic for their youngsters.

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