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Standard Chartered Pakistan announces successful completion of the Seeing is Believing Programme


Karachi, September 17, 2020 (PPI-OT): Standard Chartered Pakistan, along with its implementation partner Sightsavers, has announced the successful completion of the Seeing is Believing Programme in Pakistan. The Seeing is Believing’s 15 years journey in Pakistan is truly inspirational, impacting over 12 million beneficiaries. Through the various projects, the Seeing is Believing programme has helped eradicate upto 36 per cent of avoidable blindness in Pakistan. The Bank also employs 25 visually impaired employees who are a critical part of its workforce.

Seeing is Believing in Pakistan demonstrates the Bank’s commitment to work with partners in the public and private sector towards the New Sustainable Development Goals endorsed by world leaders at the United Nations in September 2015. By investing in projects that focus on comprehensive eye health, Seeing is Believing supports global goal number 3 – ensure healthy living and promote wellbeing for all at all ages.

Commenting on the Closing Ceremony, Rehan Shaikh, Chief Executive Officer, Standard Chartered Pakistan said, “The Seeing is Believing journey is a testament to the important and relevant role the bank plays in Pakistan. Our internationally recognized and acclaimed programme raised USD104.2 million and impacted more than 219 million people across 38 countries. In Pakistan, as a result of our projects, the Bank is attributed with decreasing avoidable blindness across the country by 36 per cent. By virtue of the difference made by its efforts in eye health, the Bank became the only corporate member in 2008 to sit on the National Committee of Eye Health (NCEH).”

Munazza Gillani, Country Director Sightsavers said, since 2004, Standard Chartered Bank and Sightsavers together under the “Seeing is Believing Programme” has contributed significantly for prevention and control of blindness in Pakistan by investing in health systems strengthening. This was achieved through enhancing access to quality cataract operations, human resource development, District Comprehensive Eye Care, School Eye Health Screening projects, and to prevent and treat diabetes related blindness. We are truly grateful for the excellent support and partnership of Standard chartered for facilitating Sightsavers and Ministry of Health achieving the lasting impact through the SIB programme.

For more information, contact:
Head of Corporate Communications,
Standard Chartered Bank (Pakistan) Limited
1st Floor, New Jubilee Insurance Building,
I.I. Chundrigarh Road, Karachi, Pakistan
Tel: +92-21-32450239
Cell: +92-334-3239399