Standard Chartered is continuing its benefit auctions with the Liverpool Football Club (LFC) to raise funds for Seeing is Believing (SiB).
After its successful first auction, this time the auction is for the incredible opportunity for your child to be the official mascot for Liverpool FC for their match against Manchester United FC to be played on October 17. They will walk out on to the turf at Anfield Stadium, hand in hand with the LFC captain in front of 54,000 people.
Like last year, the LFC's First Team will trade out the Standard Chartered logo on their shirt for the SiB logo.
The Clearly Campaign has reached another major milestone in our mission to tackle poor vision across the globe. Last month, we announced the 36 breakthrough companies to reach the Clearly Vision Prize semi-final.
The semi-finalists – which represent a diverse range of cutting-edge innovations, from artificial intelligence to remote diagnostics and drone technology – will compete to become one of the five Clearly Vision Prize finalists. They will each compete for part of $250,000 USD of seed funding, alongside mentoring and support to help accelerate their growth and maximise their impact.
The quantity, quality and diversity of the ventures applying for the prize have been humbling; in what is only the inaugural year of the Clearly Vision Prize, we received over 160 applications, spanning 21 countries across the world.
We launched the Clearly Vision Prize with the simple belief that, in an age of such rapid advances in healthcare, digital and technology, we can find innovative solutions to the endemic problem of poor vision across the globe.
The response to the Clearly Vision Prize has been resounding proof that those creative solutions are well within our reach. From ventures creating smartphone applications that connect aid workers to specialists miles...
Optometry Giving Sight is a global fundraising initiative that specifically targets the prevention of blindness and impaired vision due to uncorrected refractive error – simply the need for an eye exam and a pair of glasses.
To know more about Optometry Giving Sight, visit their site .
The private sector is a critical player in eye health: that statement should surprise no-one. Private companies produce and sell lenses, spectacles and devices; private clinics and hospitals provide treatments; private insurance companies sometimes pick up the bill. These inputs have a huge impact on public eye health and blindness prevention.
The interesting question is: how are these products and services funded, managed and regulated within the broader health system?
In many countries of the Western Pacific, most refractive services and the provision of spectacles is conducted by private providers, some with very basic training who rely mainly on autorefractors. Service quality is patchy, and in many contexts there is data to show that the wrong lenses are being prescribed. How do we improve the quality of these services? Regulation is complicated, and then difficult to enforce. Incentives and softer solutions like subsidized training, minimum standards, the professionalization of optometry and stronger professional bodies are being developed in several countries across the region.
The private sector helps to expand choice and access. In the Philippines, national health insurance has reduced financial barriers to cataract surgery. For-profit providers now dominate this service space (for more...