Seeing is Believing is a charitable initiative to tackle avoidable blindness around the world.
In 2016, all funds raised by the Standard Chartered Jersey Marathon for Seeing is Believing will be earmarked for a new project in Zambia to provide eye care services in four underserved districts in Muchinga Province and Eastern Province. The three-year project targets to reach over 100,000 people through cataract surgery, treatment, eye examinations, distribution of spectacles, eye health education and training of eye health workers.
In Zambia, eye infections are the seventh main cause of hospital visits, accounting for 31% of all out-patients registered at public facilities. The estimated prevalence of blindness is at 2.29% and the prevalence of visual impairment is at 8.71%, with the major cause of blindness being cataract (47.2%).
A sight restoring cataract operation costs as little as USD30, while a pair of spectacles can cost just USD16. Such treatments are life-changing for the affected individuals and their families. Treating avoidable blindness not only tackles a health issue but also allows people to regain their education, livelihood, and independence.