Orbis and On Semiconductor Join Forces With Partner For Quality Refraction Services In Dong Nai

Dong Nai, Vietnam (21 January 2020) - Orbis International in Vietnam, ON Semiconductor and Dong Nai Department of Health, Dong Nai Provincial General Hospital showed their joint commitment by collaborating to bring about good eye health for the people through project “Good Sight Good Life” on January 21, 2020.

Recent statistics estimate about 36 million people in Vietnam are living with refractive error (RE - including myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism and presbyopia), of whom 3 million are children. In Dong Nai Province alone, approximately 250,000 adults and nearly 240,000 children are estimated to have RE. It is meaning a great deal of people are now in need of refraction services, while poor availability of the needed refraction services in Dong Nai has made patients either travel to Ho Chi Minh city for eye examinations or rely on local private optical shops of whom service quality might remain a question.

We appreciate Orbis, ON Semiconductor and Dong Nai General Hospital for their initiative. The project shall help improve the quality of refraction services and positively support eye care programs for children in schools in the province. Our people, especially the students, will benefit from this project.

Dr. Le Quang Trung

Deputy Director of Dong Nai Provincial Department of Health

Within the framework of the 3-year project "Good Sight Good Life" sponsored by ON Semiconductor from 2020 to the end of 2022, and at the same time with the establishment of a well-equipped Vision Centre (VC) at the Provincial General Hospital, eye doctors and hospital technicians will also be trained to examine, prescribe, and dispense spectacles to meet quality standards.

Mr Keith Jackson (second left) is visiting the Eye Department of Dong Nai General Hopsital, where the vision center to be located.

In particular, children at 33 secondary schools in Bien Hoa City will be provided with annual vision examinations through the “heathy eyes at school” program implemented by the project. It is expected that more than 66,000 people will be screened, of whom more than 30,000 adults and children with RE will have vision examinations and RE correction at the VC of the Provincial General Hospital.

Most importantly, the project will organize eye care communication programs in schools, in industrial zone factories, and in the community. Thereby children and adults will understand and practice good habits to protect their vision. The project also plans to donate eyeglasses to disadvantaged children and adults.

Ms. Huong Tran (most left) introduce to Mr. Keith Jackson (second left) and hospital doctors about how the VC will be operated.

ON Semiconductor takes pride in giving back in the communities in which we operate. It is our pleasure to partner with Orbis on this vital three year project to help the people in Dong Nai. We look forward to providing many years of good health and well-being for Vietnam through this important vision health program.

Keith Jackson

President and CEO of ON Semiconductor

Establishing a VC in Dong Nai Province is one of the activities that Orbis and their Vietnamese partners have carried out in 25 provinces and cities across the country, helping minimize cases of blindness due to treatable and preventable causes.