Meet our Vision Ambassadors in Anhui Province, Eastern China, and learn how they are improving the lives of their local communities through better vision. 340 million Chinese people have uncorrected poor vision and the country suffers from a critical shortage of eye care professionals and services. The Vision Ambassador program creates access to vision correction and protection by training people from rural areas to carry out basic vision screenings and sell glasses to local villagers. With 2,000 active Vision Ambassadors in China, India, Brazil and several South-East Asian and African countries, this is one of Essilor’s flagship inclusive business models to reach the 2.5 billion people globally who don’t have access to the eye care they need.
Essilor’s inclusive business arm has formed a new partnership with a local hospital to train Vision Ambassadors in Yunnan Province, South West China. Like the Eye Mitra Program in India, the program brings affordable eye-care services to rural areas that would otherwise have little access to them.