Qatar Creating Vision is a brand new initiative, supported by the Qatar Fund for Development, which will provide 5.5 million eye screenings and treatments to children in India and Bangladesh over the next four years.
The hard facts
India and Bangladesh are home to 473,000 blind children
More children suffer from blinding conditions in India than in any other country
60% of blind children die in childhood
90% of blind children do not attend school
50% of childhood blindness is preventable or treatable
Childhood blindness costs the world’s economy between $60 billion and $270 billion in lost earnings per year
What's the plan
The Qatar Fund for Development has invested $8 million into Qatar Creating Vision.
The initiative will bring charity partners and hospitals together to improve 11 eye care units in India and 8 in Bangladesh.
A dedicated unit for retinopathy of prematurity which affects premature babies, will be established in Bangladesh.
Together the partners will deliver over 5.5 million eye tests and treatments.
Qatar Creating Vision will train 6,700 medical professionals.
Children will receive eye tests at their school and be fitted with glasses free of charge – there and then.
We create a safety net to help those who cannot afford treatment, meaning all have access to top quality eye care.