Spectrum Markets is here to pave a better way for retail trading, lighting up the markets with new innovations and breaking free from traditions and existing legacy systems with their inefficiencies. For this very reason, we signed a partnership with Sightsavers at the beginning of 2021. Sightsavers is an international charity working to prevent avoidable blindness, support equality for people with disabilities and advocate for change. We wanted to extend our vision to global communities, in this case, to children in Nigeria, and their future.
2022 PROJECT IMPACT
Following a successful 2021, the first 6 months of 2022 and our continued support in Nigeria has produced fantastic results.
A GLOBAL PROBLEM WORTH SOLVING
Globally, there are 2.2 billion people with a vision impairment or blindness. At least one billion of these people have an impairment that could have been prevented if was treated in time, or have not had their condition addressed at all. This is a burden that weighs disproportionately on underdeveloped countries and marginalised communities. Furthermore, global demand for eye care is projected to increase dramatically in the coming years.
Making an Impact
Sightsavers has been protecting sight and reducing the number of children who are going needlessly blind for over seven decades. Since its foundation, Sightsavers has:
How we're helping
Spectrum is supporting Sightsavers’ Nigeria Childhood Blindness project to:
- Give children with visual impairment access to eye health services – starting with the training of teachers to increase the number of children who will have access to eye health services.
- Provide access to tertiary eye health facilities – by supporting the refurbishment and equipping of eye health facilities and supporting the training of clinical and non-clinical staff in child eye health. The development of health centres and trained paediatric teams will bridge the existing gaps in child eye health in the three underserved states.
- Work with the national government to strengthen the provision of paediatric eye health services.
Together, we hope to reduce the number of children who are going needlessly blind, and give them back the future they deserve.
OUR FIRST YEAR OF IMPACT IN NIGERIA
World Health Day 2022 marked the first anniversary of Spectrum Markets' ongoing partnership with Sightsavers on the Nigeria Childhood Blindness Project.
“We’ve all looked at some of the work and results you achieved since we started our collaboration together and I think it’s exactly what we envisioned when we started and even a little bit more. We look forward over the upcoming years to deepen our relationship and go further.” Nicky Maan, CEO, Spectrum Markets
20 November, the anniversary of the UN’s adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, was World Children’s Day. On this global day of action, in partnership with Sightsavers we provided children of the Nigeria Childhood Blindness Project with art materials and other useful items through which the children were encouraged to express their hopes for the future.
The Spectrum Markets team came together and contributed to the #LoveYourEyes campaign on #WorldSightDay showing our support with an eye heart picture. At Spectrum Markets we were proud to play a small part in raising awareness of the fact that one billion people do not have access to eyecare.