British Council for Prevention of Blindness

Blindness Prevention in Action

Registered Charity Number: 270941

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The Cause

Blindness affects over 45 million people globally with a further 124 million who experience significant sight loss.  90% of these people live in low countries and 80% of their blindness is treatable or preventable.  Sight loss is not purely a health issue, it devestates lives as it directly affects an individual's ability to access employment, causes social isolation, family breakdown and is a significant factor in worsening poverty.

About us
The British Council for Prevention of Blindness (BCPB) funds ground breaking research and training in low income countries, with the aim of preventing and reducing blindness.

In the past 40 years we have supported projects which trial innovation, creating new ways to prevent blindness and save sight.  This has resulted in the discovery of a breakthrough eye medication for River Blindness (which previously blinded millions of people), and pioneering the use of mobile phones to detect eye disease in rural communities in Africa.

We have supported the training of around 160 eye care professionals from the world's poorest countries to become experts in blindness prevention in their own countries, planning and managing eye care and blindness prevention initiatives.  Each of these professionals will save the sight of up to 40,000 people in the course of their career and train a further 200 people to save sight.  We estimate that more than 6 million people of all ages have directly benefitted from our work in the developing world.

The Charity runs with a very small office, employing just two part-time staff.  We are seeking support to fund further research into disease prevention and to support the education and training of overseas ophthalmologists.

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British Council for Prevention of Blindness 4 Bloomsbury Square

Phone: 020 7404 7114

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Financial Information from CharityFinancials

March 2016 March 2015
Total Income £196,877 £464,355
Total Expenditure £396,164 £257,651

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