An agreement on cooperation in implementing a project to develop eye care for children in the central province of Binh Dinh was signed in Quy Nhon city on December 5.

Orbis International, a non-governmental organisation, and the provincial Eye Hospital and General Hospital are in charge of the project, which runs from December 1, 2014 to December 31, 2018. It aims to reduce the blindness rate and improve eyesight for children in the province and surrounding areas.

Addressing the signing ceremony, Mai Thanh Thang, Vice Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee, said the project is expected to help address challenges in eye caring in Binh Dinh and localities will continue developing the outcomes of the project once it is completed.

Abu Raihan, Director of Orbis International’s Asia Regional Programme, said that the programme brings not only light and health to kids but also a brighter future to them.

Orbis International works on the prevention and treatment of blindness via hospital-based training programmes. Since 1982, the organisation has trained some 325,000 eye care personnel and improved eye health for over 23 million people in 92 countries all over the world.
In the coming time, it will support Vietnam in building capacity in the field with the establishment of more eye centres for children and the development of effective management models.-VNA