SHERPUR, Bangladesh—A group of 10 eyecare organizations and the Bangladeshi Ministry of Health and Family Welfare have united to form the Clear Vision Collective, a group dedicated to correcting the vision of 58,000 adults and children in the district of Sherpur, in Bangladesh. The Clear Vision Collective is comprised of: BRAC, Essilor, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Jeeon, Dr. K. Zaman BNSB Eye Hospital, National Vision (USA), National Eye Care (NEC), National Institute of Ophthalmology, OneSight, Orbis, RestoringVision, and VisionSpring.
Over the next two years, the Clear Vision Collective will open and operate four vision centers in Sherpur, make reading glasses available for the first time through 100 Rural Medical Providers, open 25 Eye Mitra optical shops, train 400 health workers to conduct community vision camps, provide children’s eyeglasses through schools, and perform 4,000 cataract surgeries. All this work will be done through Project DRESTI (District Refractive Error and Eye Care Search and Treat Initiative), a project launched by professor A H M Enayet Hossain, additional director general, directorate general of health services, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
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