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Agreement Signed in Support of Visually Impaired Children, in the Value of One Million Dollars

The USAID and LCIF Project 'Children with Visual Impairments' (CwVIP) is a project which is implemented by South East European University (SEEU) with financial support from USAID and Lions Club International Foundation (LCIF).

“CwVIP's main focus is to provide access to education and literacy for children with visual disabilities and will be fully implemented by 2020. For the realization of the project it is foreseen that over a million dollars will be spent," said the project leader, Shpëtim Latifi, a lecturer at SEEU.

CwVIP's main goal is to expand educational opportunities for children with visual impairment and to provide early detection and prevention of eye diseases. The project has educational, medical and social elements. Within the project five fully equipped Resource Centres are opened, located in five of the main cities of the Republic of Macedonia (Skopje, Tetovo, Veles, Stip, and Bitola). In these centres children with visual disabilities attend trainings.

The SEEU project office collaborates with the Association of Ophthalmologists of Macedonia, the University Eye Clinic in Skopje and the Ophthalmology Clinic "Sistina" to make early detection and treatment of visual impairments of preschool children. Statistical data about children with visual impairments, further instruction, tracking of cases and other findings are stored in the electronic system that SEEU has developed and to which relevant institutions have access.

This initiative started in 2014 and now the second phase of the project is being implemented.