The report explores how research and advocacy, inclusive business and strategic-giving programs are tackling the two biggest barriers to vision care – awareness and access – in order to improve the sight and lives of 50 million people by 2020. It also celebrates Essilor’s achievements since 2012 equipping 6m people with their first pair of glasses and creating 4,000 primary vision care providers through:
– scaling up new inclusive business models like Eye Mitra in India, Vision Ambassadors in China, Brazil, Indonesia, Ivory Coast and mobile vision clinics
– expanding affordable vision care to 30 countries across Asia, Africa and Latin America
– engaging a growing number of employees, customers and partners in raising awareness and improving vision health in their communities.
A key focus for the report is the importance of partnerships to combine knowledge and resources to achieve greater impact. 2.5 billion people, 90% of whom live in developing countries, suffer from uncorrected vision and its consequences. Yet a solution as simple as a pair of glasses can immediately and positively impact the daily lives of individuals, their families and communities. Galvanizing multi-sector efforts on a scale similar to global health interventions to eradicate polio, combat malaria and HIV/AIDS, would create the critical mass to improve the future of visual health worldwide and drive sustainable world development.
|Discover more in the Essilor See Change Report.
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Three innovators awarded €25,000 in final phase of Essilor’s open innovation challenge to find solutions that can improve access to vision care for underserved populations.