Qatar Building Company (QBC) is a Gold Sponsor of 2012 “Seeing is Believing (SiB)” Golf Tournament held by Standard Chartered Bank at the Doha Gulf Club

November 5, 2012

Key Facts on Blindness*:

  • There are 45 million blind people in the world.
  • There are 314 million people who are seriously visually impaired.
  • 80% of blindness is avoidable (preventable or treatable).
  • A person goes blind every five seconds.
  • A child goes blind every minute.
  • 60% of children die within one year of going blind.
  • 90% of avoidable blindness occurs in the developing world.
  • Two thirds of the world’s blind are women – with serious implications for childcare.
  • Without effective, major intervention, the number of blind people worldwide has been projected to increase to 76 million by 2020.

*SOURCE: Standard Chartered website November 2012.