Sightsavers won the Top 50 Outstanding Abstract Award for 2018 at the World Ophthalmology Congress in Barcelona, Spain. The winning abstract examines if people from the low-income regions of South Asia are willing to purchase eyeglasses. This abstract may be used by those interested in decreasing visual impairment in disadvantaged people such as policymakers and eye care programmes.
Written by Sightsavers research associate Guillaume Trotignon and health economist Thomas Engels, the winning abstract is based on extensive eye health research conducted in Pakistan, Bangladesh, and India. Sightsavers, the Fred Hollows Foundation, and Standard Chartered Bank’s global community investment programme, Seeing is Believing, provided funds for the original research.
Sightsavers Thomas Engels said: “I am very pleased to receive this award from the academic and eye care community. Research is critical for our programmes – Sightsavers has recently been awarded Independent Research Organisation status by Research Councils UK, and the award represents further recognition of the quality of our research work.”
One of the most prestigious events for researchers and ophthalmologist is the World Ophthalmology Congress. The Top 50 Outstanding Abstract Award is awarded from the thousands of abstracts submitted by institutions and academics. The abstracts, which are summaries of detailed scientific papers, are evaluated based on scientific quality by a review panel.
Sightsavers is an international non-governmental charity with boards in 30 African and Asian countries. Their mission is to prevent and treat avoidable blindness, to reduce the stigma and discrimination associated with visual disabilities, and to advocate for equal opportunities for people with vision and other disabilities.
According to the Sightsavers website, we “distribute 437 million treatments to protect against river blindness, provide 6.9 million sight-restoring cataract operations, and support more than 180,000 people with disabilities to live independently.”