IMPACT – Taking Action Today to Prevent Disability Tomorrow
Impact’s aim is simple: That no one should become needlessly disabled by disease, lack of knowledge or shortage of medical services.
According to World Health Organisation estimates, 7-10% of the world’s people are disabled. 80% of them live in developing countries and one third are childrenImpact Foundation
Impact is an international programme to prevent and alleviate needless disability. All of their projects are run by local people in touch with real need – they also contribute resources. This ensures that their work is cost-effective and appropriate.
According to World Health Organisation estimates, 7-10% of the world’s people are disabled. 80% of them live in developing countries and one third are children. Impact are convinced that, with the effective delivery of modern technology and knowledge, at least half this disability is preventable and much is reversible or curable at low cost.
Many people do not realise that:
- Four preventable diseases account for half of all deafness and hearing impairment.
- Iodine deficiency disorders are the largest cause of preventable brain damage and lack of vitamin A blinds thousands of children each year.
- Every minute more than 30 women are disabled during childbirth