The British Council for Prevention of Blindness (BCPB), established in 1976, funded research into blindness prevention and sight restoration, funding innovative research and training to prevent blindness in children and adults in low and lower middle-income countries.
Its pioneering projects empowered local professionals and communities to undertake preventative sight saving programmes. The results changed thousands of lives for the better, relieving communities of the burden that blindness places upon them, reducing poverty, and boosting economic growth.
The focus was almost entirely on long-term interventions relevant to the poorest communities as the most effective use of resources is through the support of the few, who transfer their knowledge and skills in blindness prevention through educating health care workers and influencing governments who are then in the position to pass on the benefits to the many – the so-called ‘cascade effect’. This approach helped ensure that interventions were sustainable and learning was shared widely to achieve the greatest impact.
BCPB supported The Association of Medical Research Charities’ statement on the use of animals in research AMRC use of animals in research and endorsed The Association of Medical Research Charities’ position statement supporting research in universities AMRC statement on charity funding of research in universities