Standard Chartered bank has donated a Land Cruiser vehicle worth Shs 110m to Sight Savers, an eye-care service NGO.
Sight Savers gives free medical treatment and operations to children below 15 years. The vehicle, according to Stanchart, will be used to facilitate the movement of children from rural areas to Sight Savers medical facilities in different parts of the country.
The Toyota Land Cruiser was donated under the $6.5m ‘Seeing is Believing Child Eye Health’ project, which the bank launched last year. It is being executed in partnership with ministries of Health and Education and Brien Holden Vision Institute, in Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania.
Herman Kasekende, Stanchart’s managing director, said the donation was intended to strengthen government structures and capacity to increase health care services to rural areas. Dr Johnson Ngorok, the country director for Sight Savers, said one per cent of Uganda’s population was blind and with the population of approximately 35 million, there were roughly 350,000 blind people.
“Sight Savers has a long relationship with Stanchart bank, dating back to 2003. Between 2003 and 2012, the bank has funded blindness-preventing campaigns,” Ngorok said. “Through this initiative, over 10,000 people have got their sight restored.”
Source : The Observer