On 4 January 2021, we are delighted to announce that Clearly, the charity founded in 2016 by James Chen to raise the profile of vision among world leaders, will merge into the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB).
In a sign of the growing strength of the sector and progress that has been made on the issue over the last five years, the move is designed to combine the two organisations’ advocacy and campaigning expertise and bring renewed pressure on global actors and governments to end the vision crisis.
Peter Holland, Chief Executive of the IAPB, and James Chen say today that the unprecedented move marks the “next exciting phase in the battle to deliver vision for everyone”. It combines the long-established efforts of the IAPB and its members to counter avoidable blindness and promote eye health with governments around the world with the successful campaigning work of Clearly to highlight the case for clear vision for all within organisations such as the United Nations and Commonwealth.
Along with his ongoing interests as Founder of Vision for a Nation and Adlens, James Chen will continue to play an active role in the vision sector following the merger as Global Ambassador for IAPB – making the case for concerted global action at scale.
VisionSpring, a global social enterprise accelerating the use of eyeglasses in emerging and frontier markets, has increased their commitment to the IAPB by upgrading their membership of the global alliance to a Band A Member.