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Published: 07.06.2017

At Seeing is Believing (SiB), we are always keen to find innovative ways to share learning from SiB projects and build networks between partners.

Based on the success of our webinars held in 2016, we decided to continue this exciting learning opportunity.

In April 2017 we held webinars on the theme of sustainability.  The aims of the SiB webinar were for participants to:

  • learn ideas on sustainability, specifically how services supported can continue once SiB projects have finished
  • identify strategies on sustainability that could be adapted to their SiB project

The webinars were arranged regionally (using WHO regions). The 1st was for the Africa region and the 2nd for the South East Asia & Western Pacific Regions combined.

Below is the recording of the Africa region webinar:

Below is the recording of the South East Asia/Western Pacific region webinar:

The  turnout was high, with 40 people attending the Africa webinar & 35 attendees for the SE Asia/Western Pacific Webinar. The participants represented over 80% of our SiB projects, covering 26 countries.  

I sent round a survey post-webinar, to get some feedback from participants on the webinar. We had an overwhelmingly positive response from all 33 survey respondents. The key findings were:

  • 100% of respondents found the webinars beneficial
  • 94% of respondents said the webinar had enhanced their knowledge of sustainability strategies
  • 79% of respondents listed strategies they had learnt about in the SiB webinars, which they would now use in their SiB project
  • 100% of respondents said they would like to attend future SiB webinars

A huge thanks to our SiB webinar presenters: Alice Mwangi, Operation Eyesight Kenya; Deborah Tigere, CBM Zimbabwe; Pham Quoc Anh, The Fred Hollows Foundation Vietnam; and Arundhati Bhattacharjee, Sightsavers India.

Seeing is Believing (SiB) is Standard Chartered’s flagship community investment programme which provides funding to address avoidable blindness and promote quality eye health. Through Seeing is Believing, Standard Chartered Bank has partnered with the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) and leading international eye-care non-governmental organisations to improve access to eye care across Asia, Africa, the Middle East and South America.

Photo Credits

Community health workers conducting a health education session in Sarupathar VBCEHP in the Assam state of India.