Eye on Healthcare
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Responding to the Chinese government’s call to accelerate healthcare development in China, sister group Jebsen & Co has announced plans to invest RMB 7.4 million (S$1.5 million) from 2016 to 2020 in support of the country’s first “National Model of Comprehensive Rural Eye Care Network”.
The project is initiated by the National Institute of Hospital Administration (NIHA), in collaboration with the internationally-recognised non-governmental organisation, ORBIS International. It will form the second five-year phase of Jebsen’s Project Morning Star.
As part of the project, six typical, county-level hospitals will be selected for the pilot with the aim of improving the ophthalmic capabilities of thousands of others in the country, and establishing a new, sustainable development model for building eye care hospitals in rural areas. The project will grant medical care to 20,000 cataract patients, provide surgical assistance to 600 underprivileged patients, deliver 120,000 pairs of glasses to those in need and offer free eye screening to 600,000 local residents. More than a million people are expected to benefit from the project by 2020.
“With the tremendous results and impact of Project Morning Star’s first five-year phase, Jebsen hopes to deepen the impact of the sight-saving mission, together with ORBIS, to benefit even more eye patients, and for them to lead to healthier and more fulfilling lives,” said Jebsen Group Managing Director Helmuth Hennig.
- By Thipwadee RATTANAANANTACHOTE , Thailand