‘Vision 2020’ is a global initiative of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) for the elimination of preventable blindness by 2020. In Sri Lanka, the Ministry of Health spearheads the programme and encourages public-private-partnerships to implement sustainable programmes that add value to the National Healthcare System. Having signed up for the “Vision 2020’ initiative in 2015, Dialog has since then facilitated 22 eye clinics across 10 districts, where over 8700 people from low-income communities have been screened, with 7195 or 83% of the individuals screened being provided with spectacles.
Supported by the regional sales teams of Dialog, the Group Sustainability division of Dialog Axiata coordinates and organises these Eye Clinic, where a team of certified optometrists conduct comprehensive screenings, following which, prescriptions are collected by the Dialog Team. Based on these prescriptions, Vision 2020 partner opticians prepare spectacles, which are then distributed among the beneficiaries at a separate distribution event. The speciality of this initiative that makes it unique and more beneficial than majority of eye clinics is the fact that the beneficiaries receive custom-made spectacles to suit their specific needs via the Vision 2020 programme.