Malawi has a population of 17 million people, yet there are only 13 optometrists for the whole country. Essilor has entered into a first-of-its-kind public-private-partnership to transform the state of eye health there.
Needy seniors received an early Chinese New Year gift of properly fitted eyewear and make-overs in Singapore on February 7th. The event, held jointly by Essilor Vision Foundation and Lions Club of Singapore Compassvale, concluded with a photo shoot to improve self-confidence. See this video for some of the model smiles.
Ms Irlandia lives in the city of Una, in a remote area of Brazil’s Bahia state. Failing sight meant that she could no longer make clothes for her grandchildren. Now, thanks to an outreach program by Essilor 2.5 NVG and Voluntarios do Sertao, she has the lenses she needs. This video tells her story.
Essilor’s actions to bring good vision to the 2.5 billion uncorrected people in the world upped the pace in 2014 with initiatives that spanned the globe. Watch this video to see the latest initiatives that raised awareness, reached out to isolated areas and increased access to good vision care.
Essilor and French humanitarian organisation, Samusocial de Paris, organised eye screenings in October for disadvantaged people aged 45 and above. It is part of a long-term partnership between Samusocial and Essilor that promotes social integration through good sight. In the words of one beneficiary, “vision is life”.
Thousands of people worldwide pledged their support to awareness raising for World Sight Day on October 9 by uploading photos and sharing the message through social media. The campaign was a well-spring of creativity that sparked off outreach campaigns like the SIVO initiative in Tunisia.
Essilor Vision Foundation launches in Singapore with an event that brings better sight to children who would not otherwise be able to afford proper vision care. The first community outreach program of EVF was held in partnership with the Singapore Indian Development Association (SINDA), a local charity.
17 year old Bogota schoolgirl Angie Katerin could never afford the $150 price of the high prescription lenses she needed. Then she attended an event supported by the Colombian nonprofit Fundacion Volver, which gave her the lenses she needed at a price she could afford.