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Welcome to the June 2016 SiB Newsletter!

One of the questions I am often asked, is ‘What is the Impact of SiB’? ‘What difference do the SiB projects make in the communities they are supporting’? So I am pleased to share with you the Impact Reports for all the 24 Phase 4 SiB projects. Here they summarise the changes they have created within the eye care sector in their communities.

Standard Chartered Bank have also recently celebrated the success of Seeing is Believing, through the ‘Time to See’ Exhibition & panel discussions. Giving staff the opportunity to learn about the great work being done by SiB projects.

2016 has been a busy year so far, not only have we launched 9 new Phase 5 SiB Projects, but also set up the next Phase of Innovation Fund Projects, as well as closing out the majority of Phase 4 Projects!

And it seems 2016 has been busy for you too, as we have received more SiB newsletter articles than ever before, on a range of topics, from awareness raising to key learning strategies.

We are also building a huge repository of SiB research & evaluations, covering areas such as women accessing eye health services, Knowledge, Attitude & Practice (KAP) studies & Rapid Assessment of Avoidable Blindness (RAAB) surveys.

I can always tell when Standard Chartered Banks annual Great City Race is near, as myself & my colleagues dig out our running shoes to practice! The Great City Race is one of the many fundraising initiatives arranged by the Bank. Another is Broker Day, where the Bank invites its brokers across the globe to donate the day’s brokerage fees payable by Standard Chartered to SiB, and the Bank matches all funds raised dollar-for-dollar. This year they raised close to USD800,000 in commission donated by the brokers and funds matched by the Bank.

There continues to be lots of other ways Standard Chartered Bank staff engagement has supported SiB projects. We have examples of the volunteering experience both from the NGO & Bank staff perspective. It is interesting to see how both benefitted in different ways.

We hope to see many of you at 10GA in October. IAPB’s 10th General Assembly (10GA) is the premier global event discussing public health issues related to blindness and visual impairment. Have you registered yet? If not, details are here. Do let us know if you can make it.

And do you know an Eye Health Hero? The Eye Health Heroes programme is an initiative to celebrate eye care practitioners and frontline staff whose efforts are making a real difference towards Universal Eye Health. The Deadline for nominations has been extended until the 1st July 2016.

Finally, I am excited to annouce that we have now arranged SiB webinars for July 2016! These will be an opportunity to learn from other projects about a range of implementation issues. Click here to find out the date for your region and further details will be emailed to you closer to the time.

Susan Evans

SiB Project Officer 

IAPB

sevans@iapb.org

*In the park training for the Great City Race!

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