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1,100 Ha Nam students receive free eye examinations

Released at: 13:58, 06/09/2018

1,100 Ha Nam students receive free eye examinations

Photo: Standard Chartered Vietnam

Standard Chartered Bank Vietnam, Fred Hollows Foundation, and Alina Vision join forces to provide examinations in northern province.

by Khanh Chi

The Fred Hollows Foundation, new eye health social enterprise Alina Vision, and Standard Chartered Bank Vietnam recently joined forces to provide free eye tests to more than 1,100 Vietnamese school students.

The eye screenings took place over three days at primary and secondary schools in Thanh Liem district, northern Ha Nam province. Experienced Alina Vision medical staff and technicians, whose training was financed by The Fred Hollows Foundation, carried out the screenings with support from volunteers of Standard Chartered Bank Vietnam.

More than 1,100 students received a free eye examination and more than 50 were given free glasses, while many others received a subsidy to buy glasses at a low price.

Alina Vision is the result of a global collaboration between the international development organization The Fred Hollows Foundation, leading social entrepreneurs, and Japanese pharmaceutical company ROHTO, with an ambitious objective of making world-class eye care available to all, regardless of an individual’s ability to pay. It plans to set up a network of eye surgery centers in some of the world’s most underserved communities, with the first to be opened in Vietnam later this year.

The eye screening and examination program in Ha Nam, with support from Standard Chartered Bank Vietnam, is part of Alina Vision’s effort to improve the quality of eye care and blindness prevention programs in Red River Delta provinces. 

Through its partnership with sponsors and local partners, the social enterprise organizes periodic free eye screening and examination programs for the early detection and timely treatment of preventable blindness.

With an increasing rate of eye problems (myopia, astigmatism, and hyperopia) among students in Vietnam, these periodic eye examination programs will help students have healthy eyes and improve their study results, enabling them to be ready for a bright future. 

The Fred Hollows Foundation is a not-for-profit international development organization established in Sydney, Australia, 25 years ago and is supported by the Australian public, the Australian Government, and international funders. It operates in 25 countries around the world and has restored sight to more than 2 million people. The Foundation believes in a world where no person is needlessly blind and where indigenous Australians exercise their right to good health. More than 36 million people worldwide are blind but four out of five needn’t be.

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