Welcome to the December 2015 SiB Newsletter!
December is one of my favourite times of year. Not just because I get to spend time with friends & family, but also because I have the opportunity to reflect back on the successes & learnings from the year.
What is extra special for SiB is that we are now coming to the end of Phase 4, with many SiB projects having successfully closed out in 2015. So we have taken this opportunity to work with you to reflect on the Impact of these SiB projects. Our Phase 4 projects have created 2 page SiB Impact Reports, to explain what change was created by the project & how this was achieved, which we are sharing widely within Standard Chartered Bank and externally.
It is great to see an increasing number of projects have been celebrating the successes and learnings from their project with a closing ceremony. Orbis Shanghai share how they achieved this by combining donor engagement with eye health education. We would encourage all projects to follow this example of arranging in-country closing ceremonies.
We are also very excited about including SiB Stars in this newsletter! These are individuals implementing SiB projects, nominated by NGOs, who are making a real difference to the success of the project. All nominees will receive a certificate, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank them all for making SiB a success.
Standard Chartered Bank are also demonstrating the impact of avoidable blindness with the Time to See photography exhibition. And it is wonderful to see the varied ways that Standard Chartered Bank staff & NGO partners work together on World Sight Day to raise awareness of avoidable blindness.
With so many SiB projects either mid-way or closing out, there is still a huge amount of learning coming out, both from the external research, such as Brien Holden Vision Institute Nigeria, as well as the SiB Project Managers articles on the topics of this newsletter:
- Increasing patient access to services
- Increasing surgical access & uptake
- Influencing Government policy or activities
Looking forward to 2016, we have more Phase 5 projects starting up, and CBM Zimbabwe share their new project & how they conducted their opening ceremony, using it to engage key stakeholders, especially the Ministry of Health, in their work.
The other exciting new initiative for 2016 is the SiB webinars! Thank you to everyone who completed the survey I sent round, I’m pleased to inform you that 100% of the respondents, who are from 21 SiB projects, are interested in webinars, so I will be in touch in the New Year to arrange details. For the webinar survey report click here.
Finally, from all of us at SiB, may I wish you & your family Season’s Greetings and the very best for 2016.
SiB Project Officer