Optometry Giving Sight (OGS) is to merge with the Brien Holden Vision Institute Foundation – the public health division of the Brien Holden Vision Institute – in an effort to increase effectiveness and bring together resources to better serve communities around the world.
The merger is effective from 1 March 2018 in Australia and will be followed in the coming months with a similar process in the USA, Canada, Mexico, Italy, Ireland, UK/Europe and Singapore.
“This merger comes as a natural development for our organisation as the Brien Holden Vision Institute was one of our founding members 14 years ago,” said OGS Global Chair Dr. Juan Carlos Aragon in a statement.
This merger comes as a natural development for our organisation as the Brien Holden Vision Institute was one of our founding members 14 years ago,
“We believe the merger also allows us to become more effective and gain the opportunity to maximise our resources around key program areas such as education and training for new and established optometrists in emerging communities, child eye health programs as part of the Our Children’s Vision campaign, and advocacy activities with organisations including the World Council of Optometry and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness.”
“These programs and activities benefit millions of people who are needlessly blind or vision impaired simply because they can’t access an eye exam and glasses from a qualified optometrist.”
The decision to merge Optometry Giving Sight and the Brien Holden Vision Institute Foundation was made at the Global Board Meeting of OGS during October 2017 and announced in late January 2018.