To support the government’s launch of the national Mami En Pikin Well Bodi Week, Standard Chartered Bank staff last weekend joined its blindness prevention partner Helen Keller International and government health workers of SLIM Clinic in the nationwide campaign to distribute Vitamin A, Polio & Mebendazole at the Old Wharf community in Wellington.
Touring the length and breadth of the fishing community, staff of the bank’s Lightfoot Boston Street Branch & Head Office distributed the retina developing drug, worm medicine and polio supplement to children from the ages of 6 months to 5 years old.
Employee Volunteering is part of Standard Chartered Bank’s policy which encourages its staff to volunteer in the communities were it operates. This is a demonstration of the Bank’s strong commitment to its corporate social responsibility through its active community partnership programmes such as the Seeing is Believing initiative, which supports the eradication of avoidable blindness in the world.
The Bank continues to work in partnership with leading eye care NGOs, including Helen Keller International and Sightsavers International to fund the development of sustainable eye care services in less advantaged areas of 20 cities around the world including Sierra Leone, giving poor, marginalized populations access to cataract surgery, preventative treatment, and specialized medical interventions.
Commenting on the ‘Mami En Pikin Well Bodi Week’ Vitamin A distribution exercise, Kumba Ngongou Head of Corporate Affairs, said, “We are proud that Seeing Believes; a project that provides sustainable solutions for all eye care needs, from outreach and awareness to spectacles and surgery, continues to distinguish Standard Chartered as a force for good.”
In October 2007, Standard Chartered Bank Sierra Leone donated $161,026 being proceeds raised from its World Sight Day celebration to Helen Keller International for a three year period into 2010, to help eradicate blindness in the Sierra Leone society, more so in the area of the distribution of Vitamin A supplement to pregnant women and children under 5 year, she said. e Standard Chartered remains strongly committed to being a positive force in the nation and remains true to it’s new brand promise ‘Here for good’, which sums up the Bank’s commitment to developing deep relationships with its clients and customers; its values, conduct and focus on sustainability; and its longevity, heritage and continued strong performance in Sierra Leone.