Did you know that, 80% of what a child learns is processed through the visual system? Yet, 12 million children worldwide struggle to learn simply because they need glasses.


We believe that every child, everywhere regardless of their gender, economic status and geographical location deserves the right to clear vision and opportunities in life.

 

To ensure that all children are reached through our programmes, we are working with the Ministries of Health and Education in our programme countries to integrate child eye care screening into the National Health Plans. We have also joined the Our Children’s Vision Campaign, a campaign that aims to screen 50 million children by the year 2020 to consolidate efforts to enable more children worldwide to access eye care services.

 

Improving access to eye care services for children does not only improve their quality of life, it has also been proven by a recent study in Ethiopia funded by DFID and Essilor that, when eye care is made accessible, children are more likely to reach their potential in school, achieve a better education, and ultimately start a career when they leave school.

The study found that, out of the 2,569 children treated under the project, 73% showed improvements in their school performance since receiving treatment. Read the rest of the article here.