Beyond Monetary Benefits of Restoring Sight in Vietnam

This project focuses on visual impairment and blindness from cataracts in Vietnam and a holistic assessment of the benefits of restoring sight from their removal.

This study finds that restoring sight from cataract surgery has benefits that extend well beyond raising the income-earning potential of those affected. Quantitative data collected and analysed in the study revealed statistically significant improvements for monetary as well as various non-monetary measures of well-being, approximately three months after cataract surgery.

Project timeline: 2017

Key contributors: Simon FeenyLachlan McDonaldAlberto Posso, Chuyen Truong and Son Tung

This project addresses the following Sustainable Development Goals and Targets:

1.2 By 2030, reduce at least by half the proportion of men, women and children of all ages living in poverty in all its dimensions according to national definition

3.4 By 2030, reduce by one third premature mortality from non-communicable diseases through prevention and treatment and promote mental health and well-being

8.3 Promote development-oriented policies that support productive activities, decent job creation, entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation, and encourage the formalization and growth of micro-, small- and medium-sized enterprises, including through access to financial service

3.4 By 2030, reduce by one third premature mortality from non-communicable diseases through prevention and treatment and promote mental health and well-being

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For more information or to discuss partnership and collaboration opportunities, email us at SDGs@rmit.edu.au.

For more information about RMIT’s sustainability commitments and activities visit www.rmit.edu.au/sustainability

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Acknowledgement of Country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.