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Vietnam-Australia Vision Support sees results in Ba Ria-Vung TauThe Ba Ria-Vung Tau provincial People’s Committee, coordinating with Australia’s Brien Holden Vision Institute, organised a November 26 meeting reviewing the results of its Vietnam-Australia Vision Support Project during the 2007–2013 period.

According to a 2007–2010 survey, as many as 25.6% of local high school children suffered refractive eye defects.The Vietnam-Australia Vision Project has seen more than 40,000 students at 56 schools in Xuyen Moc and Dat Do districts and Ba Ria-Vung Tau City receive eye tests and treatment in the first two years of implementation.

More than 4,800 disadvantaged students were given free glasses. Ninety-seven teachers and 142 health workers have completed eye care training courses.

The Vietnam-Australia Vision Support Project has successfully involved the community in eye healthcare, assisting local efforts to reduce poverty and ensure social welfare.

At the conclusion of the current project, the Brien Holden Vision Institute will fund the establishment of five community eye care units in the province’s remaining localities.

(VOV)

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