British Council for Prevention of Blindness

Blindness Prevention in Action

Registered Charity Number: 270941

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Blindness affects over 39 million people globally with a further 124 million experiencing significant sight loss. 90% of these people live in low income 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.

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The British Council for Prevention of Blindness is dedicated to funding research and training that helps prevent blindness in the world’s poorest countries. Our belief and our aim is that no-one, anywhere in the world, should lose their sight if it can be prevented. To achieve this, we fund international research into blindness, support prevention projects in the world’s poorest communities and help doctors from developing countries access training that translates into life-changing treatment in their home countries. Our combined approach helps ensure that our interventions are sustainable and learning is shared widely to achieve the greatest impact. BCPB is a member of the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC), a kite mark to the quality of our work.

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 over 160 eye care 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. They will on average save the sight of 40,000 people in the course of their career. That is 6.4m people. They will also on average train a further 200 people in eye care. Due to the ‘cascade effect’ that one trained person has, their knowledge and skills can be passed on to hundreds of others, meaning a small investment has a multiplier effect over several years.

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 eye care professionals.

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British Council for Prevention of Blindness 4 Bloomsbury Square

Phone: 020 7404 7114

British Council for Prevention of Blindness News

New Annual Review

Date posted: 13 Dec 2017

Come and have a look and see what we have been up to over the past year. … Read More»

Building Research Capacity

Date posted: 13 Nov 2017

Working with Vision 2020 to build research capacity in Eastern, Central and Southern Africa through our mentorship programme. … Read More»

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Financial Information from CharityFinancials

March 2017 March 2016
Total Income £211,716 £196,877
Total Expenditure £363,986 £396,164

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