KARACHI - In celebration of World Sight Day, Standard Chartered announces, as part of its avoidable blindness programme Seeing is Believing, the screening for eye impairments of 1.7 million (17 lakh) children in Pakistan,says a press release. This screening project, known as Pakistan Urban Paediatric (PUP) Eye Care Programme, is being implemented in Karachi, Lahore, Faisalabad, Multan and Rawalpindi, with government and non-government partners within the framework of National Eye Health Plan of Pakistan. The overall aim of the project is to identify blind and low vision children and to provide the required eye care services (surgeries, spectacles, low vision devices) to children identified during school eye health activities. It is hoped that this will lead to an increase in eye health awareness in schools and adjacent communities Standard Chartered, since the launch of the Seeing is Believing programme in 2004, has invested approximately Rs 200m to help alleviate avoidable blindness. The Bank has funded some 200,000 cataract operations to date. A 20% reduction in cataract blindness in Pakistan is attributable to this programme.