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Standard Chartered Bank and Helen Keller International Collaboration in Indonesia

2009 | Download

Blindness is a serious public health problem in Indonesia. Blindness is slightly more prevalent in Indonesia than in SubSaharan Africa (1.5% of the population, compared to 1.4%). Over two million people in Indonesia—plus 25,000 more each year—need cataract surgery. Additionally, only 323 per million people have the opportunity of getting such surgery. T

Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) and Helen Keller International (HKI) have partnered since 2004 to provide eye glasses, support cataract surgeries, and distribute Vitamin A capsules in Indonesia. HKI plans and coordinates the work, and SCB provides resources to implement activities that also involve the Indonesian Ministry of Health (MOH) and professional associations. The MOH ensures consistency and sustainability of activities, and professional associations strengthen local surgical capabilities.

The partnership has supported nearly 2,000 surgeries to restore sight on the island of Lombok, increasing the success rate from below 30% to over 80%. It has reached nearly ½ million children in West Java with Vitamin A capsules, including 60,000 children receiving Vitamin A for the first time, and provided eye glasses and cataract surgeries to more than 800 children in Jakarta. The partnership is also strengthening capacity among government and private health professionals at the local level to distribute Vitamin A and perform sightrestoring surgeries, increasing the sustainability of these services.

SCB and HKI plan to continue to work together toward their mutual goal of improving sight in Indonesia. This includes sharing the lessons they have learned in working together to encourage more partnerships to eliminate preventable blindness.

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This is one in a series of case studies based on presentations by partners at sessions of the Health and Business Roundtable Indonesia (HBRI). HBRI is an activity of Company-Community Partnerships for Health in Indonesia (CCPHI), a project led by the Public Health Institute, implemented in partnership with The Fund for Peace, and funded by the Ford Foundation. This study is based on presentations by Patrisia Kumala, Corporate Affairs Executive of Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) in Indonesia and John Palmer, Country Director of Helen Keller International (HKI) in Indonesia at the 5th HBRI Session in March 2009. Dr. Alene Gelbard, CCPHI project director, prepared the study in consultation with SCB and HKI.