The Austrian crystal manufacturer has donated 100 frames to be used by outreach clinics in rural communities in Ghana.


Vision Aid Overseas’ work enables people living in poverty to access affordable eye care and glasses. The frames, donated in collaboration with Swarovski’s eyewear partner Marcolin, will be used by a team of six volunteer optometrists on outreach clinics to deliver vital eye care services and low-cost glasses to patients living in remote and isolated communities.

Abena Acheampong, Country Director, Ghana added;

Vision Aid Overseas would like to thank Swarovski for its generous donation of frames to Ghana. Without affordable eye care services, patients suffering from poor eyesight (a condition that can easily be corrected with a simple eye test and pair of glasses), often live with their condition untreated which can intensify symptoms and can consequently lead to permanent disability (blindness).

Nadja Swarovski, Member of the Swarovski Executive Board, commented;

We are delighted to donate these eyewear frames, which have the power to radically change lives for the better. Following the positive impact of the Swarovski Foundation’s partnership with Moorfields Eye Charity and the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in Ghana, Swarovski is pleased to evolve its support for Vision Aid Overseas’ inspirational work delivering its programs.

Working together with the Ghana Health Service and other NGOs, Vision Aid Overseas plans to extend its eye care programme in Ghana over the next coming months to increase access to affordable eye care services to all patients regardless of circumstance.

From 2016-2017 the Swarovski Foundation partnered with Moorfields Eye Charity to tackle the epidemic of avoidable blindness in West Africa, providing essential equipment to a new stand-alone eye centre and surgical training facility at Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in Ghana. This partnership enabled the hospital to train new healthcare workers to deliver sight-saving care to people in West Africa and directly addressed diabetic retinopathy, the leading cause of avoidable blindness, which affects over 54,00 people in the area.

 

To find out more about the work of Vision Aid Overseas, click here.