Eye Heroes win New Radicals Award for empowering children with eye health knowledge
We are delighted to announce that Eye Heroes, the first child-led campaign to reduce avoidable sight loss by empowering children with eye health knowledge, was chosen by Nesta and The Observer as one of the New Radicals 2018. The New Radicals list celebrates radical thinking organisations and individuals developing creative ways of tackling society's biggest challenges.
Each child trained by Eye Heroes volunteers informs on average eight people about the importance of regular sight tests. This produces a ripple effect, spreading critical healthcare information throughout local communities - including vulnerable people not otherwise reached by other communication channels.
Supported by Moorfields Eye Charity, Dr Yusrah Shweikh, glaucoma fellow, and Manjul Rathee founded Eye Heroes in 2016. Since it was established over 6,000 school children have benefited from eye health training. Nearly 22,000 people will or have already attended sight tests as a direct result.
The awards are supported by Nesta, the National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts, a global innovation foundation that supports and promotes new ways of tackling society’s biggest issues such as health and education. Every two years, Nesta and the Observer pull together a list of 50 radical thinking organisations and individuals developing creative ways of tackling society's biggest challenges.
It takes as little as one hour for one volunteer to positively impact our society’s health. In the UK, one million people living with sight loss could have avoided it through regular sight tests. Eye Heroes aims to tackle this through the power of their unique healthcare education.