The economic impact of restoring vision
For years, CBM has needed hard evidence on the economic impact of restoring vision, and now we have it.
A recently completed study in Kenya, Bangladesh and the Philippines showed that following a sight-restoring cataract operation, the average economic gain per family per year is £250. Not much by UK standards, but an awful lot of money for a Bangladeshi family.
It costs CBM about £20 to do one cataract surgery, so the return on investment is 1,500%!
In 2010, CBM and its local partners restored eyesight to 644,000 cataract blind people who would otherwise have remained blind, due to poverty. So a bit of maths shows that the global economic impact of CBM’s cataract surgical work comes in at about £160 million. Not bad at all!
Now, we have to get the message across to governments that restoring vision benefits their economies!