On 5 September CBM was presented with the prestigious António Champalimaud Vision Award for 2017, for its work in actively seeking to empower individuals disabled by blindness. CBM was announced as joint winner of the annual award, the largest in the world in the area of vision, together with the UK charity Sightsavers, during a ceremony in Lisbon.
Dr Babar Qureshi, CBM Director for Inclusive Eye Health, and Massimo Maggio, CEO CBM Italy and Member of the CBM International Leadership Team, were present to accept the award on behalf of CBM.
Dr Babar Qureshi quote “I extend our enormous thanks to the Champalimaud Foundation Council and extended Family for being honoured with this prestigious award. Those of us in the eye health community know that this is one of the highest possible honours.
As the 2017 recipients, both Sightsavers and CBM are inspired to strive even more tirelessly for the ‘alleviation of avoidable blindness and visual impairment’, in the poorest regions of the world.”
Rewarded for long-standing pioneering work in eye health
With 39 million blind people in the world and 80% of all blindness preventable and curable, CBM and Sightsavers were rewarded for decades of fighting blindness in dozens of countries across the globe, which has empowered millions of people. They were recognised for being pioneers in the field and creators of a model to combat vision disorders based around 3 pillars: prevention, cure and support.
In 2016 alone, together with 373 partners, CBM reached over 28 million people living with or at risk of disabilities in 59 countries. This helps to ensure that the most marginalised people who have often been invisible, not only access quality eye health programs, but also have a role in delivering them.About the António Champalimaud Vision Award
The António Champalimaud Vision Award was launched in 2006 and is supported by the World Health Organisation’s ‘Vision 2020 – The Right to Sight’ programme. The award is worth 1 million Euros and in odd-numbered years, it recognises work developed on the ground by institutions in the prevention of and fight against blindness and vision disorders, mainly in developing countries. In even-numbered years, the award goes to far-reaching scientific research in the area of vision.