20/20 for All: Clear Vision for Social and Economic Development

Thursday, February 13, 2020
REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
Alexis Bonnell

Chief Innovation Officer, U.S. Agency for International Development

Sean Cady

Vice President, Global Sustainability and Responsible Sourcing, VF Corporation

Ella R. Gudwin

Chief Executive Officer, VisionSpring

Walton A. Webson

Permanent Representative of Antigua and Barbuda to the United Nations

Sylvana Q. Sinha

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Praava Health

According to recent reports by Essilor and the World Health Organization (WHO), uncorrected blurry vision affects 2.7 billion people globally, resulting in $270 billion in lost productivity annually. On the heels of the first WHO report on vision, panelists discuss efforts to scale up access to eyeglasses as a low-cost, high-impact tool for social and economic development. 

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