22 January 2016

Standard Chartered Bank Vietnam announced the launch of two new eye care projects to support those in need in Vietnam between 2016 and 2018, with donation commitment totalling USD2.25 million from Standard Chartered and its non-profit (NGO) partners. The projects, named ‘Sight for Children and Elderly People in the Mekong Delta’ and ‘Vietnam Child Eye Care’, are set to reach nearly 2.2 million people across the country.

“Restoring someone’s sight not only enables that person to be economically productive but it also liberates carers to work or attend education,” said Mr. Nirukt Sapru, Chief Executive Officer of Standard Chartered Bank Vietnam. “By extending the impact of Seeing is Believing to more people in need in Vietnam, we hope to contribute to the betterment of the local communities and, in the long run, the sustainable development of the Vietnamese economy.”

The ‘Sight for Children and Elderly People in the Mekong Delta’ project will be conducted in Can Tho and Ca Mau through the combined efforts of three organisations: Orbis International, Helen Keller International, and Eye Care Foundation. The project aims to help children and those aged over 50 prevent or tackle eye health issues through the provision of comprehensive, quality, affordable eye care services.

“We aim at giving communities across the world access to quality eye care, transforming lives and restoring vision for those who need it most,” said Ms. Huong Tran, Vietnam Country Director of Orbis International, on behalf of the consortium. “Together with Standard Chartered, we are accomplishing the mission in many parts of Vietnam.”

Meanwhile, the ‘Vietnam Child Eye Care’ project will be deployed in three provinces – Hai Duong, Danang and Tien Giang – by the Fred Hollows Foundation. It is designed to benefit almost two million children aged 6-15 by improving their eye health conditions through the development and adoption of national school eye screening guidelines.

“Deploying a large number of projects dedicated to tackling visual impairment in Vietnam, we see the dire need for quality eye care services in the community,” said Mr. Pham Quoc Anh, Vietnam Country Manager of the Fred Hollows Foundation. “The partnership with Standard Chartered in the past few years has been very fruitful, as we have been able to help improve eye health conditions for hundreds of thousands of people, and we are excited to continue to partner with the bank in this project to extend the eye care services to more people in need.”