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Empowering Refugees Through Vision Care: OneSight EssilorLuxottica Foundation's Impact in Moldova

Published on Jul 3, 2023 3 min read

More than 2.7 billion people worldwide suffer from uncorrected poor vision. For refugees, this can impact their ability to adapt, communicate and learn in their new environment.

OneSightEssilorLuxottica Foundation's Initiative in Moldova

In collaboration with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), UNHCR Italy, the Ministry of Health, Ungheni City Hall, and the Low Vision NGO, we established an eye clinic in the Republic of Moldova.

Since February 2022, more than 780,000 Ukrainians have crossed the border to Moldova after being forced out of their home country.

To address vision challenges faced by refugees and offer them a chance to overcome the barriers they face in their new surroundings, we provided free eye services and glasses to refugees. 

More than 1,000 individuals, including refugees and vulnerable populations, received free eye services and glasses from our clinic held from 26 June – 1 July.

Building Capacity and Fostering Integration

During the vision clinic, our dedicated volunteers conducted workshops, training sessions, and activities with local colleagues and university students. By conducting knowledge-building efforts within the community, we fostered an environment where refugees can access sustained vision care support and enhance their overall well-being.

We express our sincere gratitude to our partners, volunteers, and supporters who have made this initiative possible. Together, let us continue to eliminate uncorrected poor vision among refugees, giving them the tools they need to thrive, contribute, and build a brighter future.

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