Seeing Is Believing – A global programme to help people see
There are 39 million blind people globally and a further 246 million people have moderate or severe visual impairment. The impact of this is not limited to the individuals living with blindness or visual impairment but extends to family members who may have to leave school or work to look after relatives and out to the wider community. The loss to the global economy from blindness and visual impairment is estimated at over $200bn annually.
Yet 80% of blindness is avoidable (preventable or treatable) and most forms of visual impairment can be easily corrected with a simple pair of glasses. The solutions are ready and cost-effective. As little as $30 can fund a cataract operation to restore sight to an adult. The $5 needed for an eye test and a pair of glasses can mean the difference between a child being able to continue with school and having to drop out of mainstream education.
Unfortunately, across many areas of the world, people simply do not have access to the resources and eye care services needed to address the problem. Over 90% of avoidable blindness occurs in the developing world exacerbating economic hardship.
Seeing is Believing was founded with a simple mission: to help people see. A long-term collaboration between Standard Chartered Bank and leading eye care organisations and charities, Seeing is Believing funds the development of sustainable eye care services in areas of poverty and high need across the world. By 2020, Seeing is Believing aims to have raised $100mn to help eliminate avoidable blindness and visual impairment. Standard Chartered commits to match all donations to the programme one for one.
The solutions to blindness are simple but their impact, radical.
To find out more about how you can help us eliminate avoidable blindness, visit: www.seeingisbelieving.org