Seeing is Believing

Seeing is Believing

Seeing is Believing is Standard Chartered’s global initiative to tackle avoidable blindness and visual impairment[1]. Launched in 2003, Seeing is Believing is a collaboration between the Bank, The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) and leading eye health organisations.

There are an estimated 39 million blind people in the world and a further 246 million who suffer from moderate or severe visual impairment. 80% of blindness and visual impairment is preventable or treatable.

Starting as a staff-driven initiative, Seeing is Believing has grown into a comprehensive international campaign that gains support from not only our employees, but also clients, business partners and the wider community.

Avoidable blindness, a key health issue across the Bank’s footprint, diminishes the quality of life of individuals and negatively impacts economic growth. By providing access to affordable and quality eye health, Seeing is Believing indirectly promotes people’s access to improving their livelihood.

Seeing is Believing’s key achievements to date (2003 to August 2015):

  • Realised 100 projects across 28 countries.
  • Invested in nine Innovation Fund projects in 2014 to promote innovative solutions towards eye health.
  • Over 103.9 million people have been reached through medical interventions, health education and improved access to eye health in their communities.
  • Over 3.5 million cataract operations and surgical interventions.
  • Over 12.8 million people benefitted from Vitamin A deficiency supplementation and treatment for river blindness (onchocerciasis).
  • Over 16.5 million patients screened.
  • Over 817,000 pairs of spectacles and Low Vision devices distributed.
  • Over 66.7 million beneficiaries of eye health education.
  • Over 186,000 health workers trained.

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[1] Avoidable blindness is preventable or treatable forms of blindness. 80% of blindness and visual impairment is avoidable.



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