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Fuji Optical and UNHCR improving vision for refugees in Armenia


Over a period of six days in late July 2003, a total of 912 persons, including 748 refugees and 164 locals, underwent eye examinations and received eyeglasses under the Vision Screening Project of Refugees in Armenia carried out with the support of UNHCR’s corporate partner, Fuji Optical Co. Ltd (Japan).

During 2002, Fuji Optic donated and delivered 2,000 pairs of pre-made eyeglasses and 1,000 pairs of ophthalmic frames to refugees in Armenia. The eyeglasses were distributed through the national non-governmental organisation, Mission Armenia (MA), and the State Department for Migration and Refugees (SDM). The project was managed through UNHCR’s existing programmes.

Within the framework of this project with UNHCR, Mission Armenia established medical posts at communal centres inhabited mostly by refugees. The refugees were notified of Fuji Optic’s donation and assistance at these posts, where eventually medical personnel carried out a screening process and organised the distribution of the eyeglasses.

For almost two decades now, Fuji Optic has provided the means for improving the vision of thousands of refugees. In Armenia, notably, their donation had an impact on the day-to-day lives of certain refugees, enabling them to carry out basic daily tasks that had previously been very difficult. This enhanced the quality of their lives as they were able to resume a more normal working and social life.