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Each year, Unite for Sight trains between 250 and 300 Global Impact Fellows,
many of whom are university students, and they are sent to assist
the ophthalmologists, doing things such as conducting
patient intake and dispensing eyeglasses.

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Unite for Sight gradually expanded to other college
campuses in the United States, and eventually it caught
the attention of Karrus Hayes, a teacher at the Buduburam
refugee camp in Ghana, who approached Unite for Sight
seeking assistance for those who were living at the camp.
Staple-Clark, who graduated from Yale in 2003 with a
degree in biology and anthropology, was able to link up
with James Clarke, MD, a Ghanaian ophthalmologist who
runs the Crystal Eye Clinic in Accra and is now also medical director of Unite for Sight's Ghana program.
Clarke traveled to the refugee camp in 2005. On the first
day he arrived at the camp, hundreds of people had already
signed up for care. Clarke and his team performed eye exams, dispensed glasses and medications, and did surgery.
Since those early days, Unite for Sight's operations
have exploded, and it now works with five eye clinics in
Ghana, as well as one in Honduras and three in India.
Unite for Sight's teams have reached more than 2 million
people and have provided more than 93,000 sight-restoring surgeries. Some of those who were once blind are now
even able to work again.
Under its model, Unite for Sight helps local eye clinics, where the doctors see paying patients, and then those
doctors go into the field to assist those who otherwise
wouldn't receive care. Unite for Sight "supports local ophthalmologists who have incredible ideas who simply need
financial and human resources," Staple-Clark says.
Each year, Unite for Sight trains between 250 and 300
Global Impact Fellows, many of whom are university students, and they are sent to assist the ophthalmologists,
doing things such as conducting patient intake and dispensing eyeglasses.

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Focus on Policing
Another student who worked to aid those in India was
Donovan Wood, now a third-year law student at Indiana
University. Wood currently is studying at Trinity College
in Dublin, Ireland. He is spending the year in Ireland as
part of a joint program in international comparative law
between Indiana University and Trinity College.
Wood traveled to India as part of Indiana University's
global externship program following his first year in the
Maurer School of Law. The program, which started in
2010, offers law students the opportunity to work in one
of several countries. Students heading to India work with
an NGO. Those organizations are focused on areas such
as women's rights or development issues.
The goal of the externship program is to "get first-year
law students into positions they wouldn't necessarily find
on their own," says Lara Gose, graduate student services
coordinator with the law school.
The program helps students see "law is an international
thing, not just domestic. They can transfer the skills they

UNITE FOR SIGHT

Unite for
Sight's Global
Impact Fellow
volunteers from
North America
supporting and
learning from
Crystal Eye
Clinic's outreach
team and doctors
in Ghana.

Unite for Sight hosts the annual Global Health & Innovation Conference each year in New Haven, which is the
world's largest global health conference and the largest social entrepreneurship conference. It also runs Global Health
University, which offers online certificate programs on topics such as global health. The proceeds from those endeavors
are used to support Unite for Sight's operations abroad.
Connor Orrico, who graduated from Cornell University in May 2015 and now is an intern in the organization's
New Haven office, spent two months in eastern India with
Unite for Sight during the summer after his sophomore
year at Cornell. Orrico, who majored in biology with a
minor in global health, says Unite for Sight is one of only
four programs preapproved by Cornell to fulfill its global
health field experience requirement for those studying
global health. He specifically was looking for a program
that focused on eye care.
"What really captivated me about Unite for Sight
was its cultural competence and the ethics piece of their
volunteerism," Orrico says. "The program is about empowering the local community so locals lead the charge.
Often programs seem to just benefit the participants."
Orrico is now applying for medical school. His time in
India "confirmed and refined my career goals. I would like
to practice medicine across cultural barriers."



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