The power of impact investment to improve vision

Published: 30 October 2015

Reducing the prominent causes of avoidable blindness, such as cataracts, uncorrected refractive error and trachoma, is particularly well suited to the social investment model. 

Treating these causes achieves a significant social impact that is easily measurable, for a relatively low cost.

This report, published by Social Finance and the Fred Hollows Foundation, identifies several features of eye care services provision that are well suited to impact investment, in particular the clearly measurable and attributable social outcomes and the fact that in each case there is a real prospect for financial return. 

With more than 10 million people in developing countries estimated to be blind due to cataract, the potential social and economic impact of this model is huge.

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