New chance for blind children to sight
  • | VGP | March 23, 2010 09:38 PM

More resources should be raised to help visually impaired people, especially children, hoped a leader of the Vietnamese Government.

The Memorandum of Understanding on the prevention of child blindness in Hanoi was signed on March 23 by Standard Chartered, Fred Hollows Foundation and the Hanoi Department of Health.

Standard Chartered and the Fred Hollows Foundation pledged to fund the project with over US $630,000.

The sum will be used to finance ophthalmological examination for 100,000 children, give free operations for 300 ones and offer glasses for 20,000 students in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.

At the signing ceremony, Vietnamese Deputy PM Nguyen Thien Nhan highly appreciated Standard Chartered for allocating over US $1.5 million to bring the Right to Sight to 100,000 Vietnamese people.

He expected to see more “golden hearts” to help Vietnamese blind children.

The Deputy PM also expressed his hope that the Ministry of Health, local governments, and donors would mobilize more resources for visually impaired individuals, especially children.