Programme launched to improve children’s eyesight in Hanoi and HCMC

Saturday, 2017-09-23 11:50:02
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NDO – A programme was launched in Hanoi on September 22 with the target to raise awareness on eye-care and for the improvement of eyesight for children at elementary schools in Hanoi in Ho Chi Minh City.

The VND 2.7 billion (US$ 120,000) project is co-implemented by the National Fund for Vietnamese Children (NFVC) and the Prudential Life Insurance Company until August 2018 as part of the NFVC’s programme for children’s eyes.

Under the project, more than 33,000 children and their families in the two cities will be updated with information on eye-care through communications campaigns; 4,200 others will receive free check-ups and consultations on eye sight.

A total of 88 school teachers and medical staff will also be provided with free training on eye-care for children.

Speaking at the launching ceremony, Deputy Minister of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs, Dao Hong Lan highly appreciated the outcomes of the NFVC’s programme for children’s eyes, which have provided surgeries for 28,000 Vietnamese children over the past 19 years with a total cost of VND 32 billion (US$ 1.4 million).

Dr Hoang Van Tien, Director of the NFVC said that the project seeks to raise the responsibility of parents, teachers and the community in regards to preventing short-sightedness, which is very common among Vietnamese school children today, as well as other eye-related diseases.

After one year of being piloted in the two cities, the NFVC will review the project in order to learn from experiences before expanding the project to the other cities and provinces of Vietnam.