British Council for Prevention of Blindness

Introducing British Council for Prevention of Blindness

Registered Charity Number: 270941

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BCPB is a registered charity which funds research and training to prevent blindness in children and adults of all ages.

Our belief and our aim is that no-one, anywhere in the world, should lose their sight if this can be prevented.

Blindness facts

Somewhere in the world, a child goes blind every minute.

80% of this blindness is avoidable. With adequate funding it could be treated or prevented.

90% of the world’s 45 million blind people live in low income countries.

Our key achievements

We have funded some 160 eyecare professionals from the world’s poorest countries to train and undertake research, developing their expertise in planning and managing blindness prevention programmes, as well as leadership and advocacy skills.

Each of these will save the sight of up to 40,000 people during their career and will on average train a further 200 people in eyecare.

In total the sight of 4 million people has been, or will be, saved by these BCPB-funded eyecare staff.
Research funded by BCPB led directly to the discovery of the breakthrough eye medication Ivermectin.
This is now used widely in Africa to prevent ‘river blindness’ (onchocerciasis) - a condition which once
blinded millions of people.

Case study

We funded Dr Ciku Mathenge (middle, with black cardigan) to undertake a survey of blindness in Kenya.
Examining and treating 5000 people, she gained her doctorate in the process, becoming Africa’s first female ophthalmologist with a PhD.
Now she is training other eyecare workers in Rwanda, passing on her knowledge and skills. This ‘skills cascade’ is what our work is all about.

To continue our work we need your help. Please help to prevent blindness and text BCPB04 £ to 70070.

Contact Us

British Council for Prevention of Blindness 4 Bloomsbury Square

Phone: 020 7404 7114

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Financial Information from CharityFinancials

March 2015 March 2014
Total Income £464,355 £493,326
Total Expenditure £257,651 £235,908

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