Standard Chartered holds free eye care camp

Monday, Mar 27, 2017 15:21

A doctor conducted free eye check-ups for locals from Long Sơn Commune in southern Bà Rịa-Vũng Tàu Province. — Photo courtesy of SCB

Standard Chartered Bank Viet Nam (SCB), in collaboration with NGO Orbis Viet Nam and Ba Ria-Vung Tau Eye Hospital, organised an eye-care camp on Sunday in southern Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province.

A crew of experienced doctors, supported by SCB’s volunteers, conducted free eye check-ups for around 200 locals from Long Son Commune, presented 100 spectacles to those in need and educated people about how to care for their eyes and prevent problems and lose of sight.

Nirukt Sapru, CEO of SCB, who also volunteered at the session, said : “I’m overwhelmed by the effort of our colleagues and partners to fight avoidable blindness and provide a brighter future for local people. I would like to extend my sincere thanks to Orbis Viet Nam and Ba Ria-Vung Tau Eye Hospital for their wonderful contribution and support. As stated in our brand promise, “Here for good”, we are committed to creating a positive impact on the communities in which we live and work.”

The 80 volunteers, who are in SCB’s Viet Nam leadership team and helped at the camp, also repaired community facilities and cleaned the commune’s surroundings.

The session is part of SCB’s broader efforts to tackle avoidable blindness through its global initiative Seeing is Believing. Orbis Viet Nam is SCB’s partner in this campaign. The project, now at Tranche 3, Phase 5, in Viet Nam, has a total budget of US$2.22 million. Its target is to benefit 2.2 million Vietnamese in the 2016-18 period. — VNS

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