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Group Supports Vision and Kidney Care in Saudi Arabia

The Olayan Group recently received recognition for two commitments in the health care field in Saudi Arabia.

Lighthouse International of New York and the Ebsar Foundation of Jeddah jointly announced the release of a groundbreaking, Web-based learning program to help health care professionals work more effectively with adults who have low vision or no vision.

The new Lighthouse Mult-E-Skills Vision Rehabilitation Training Program© is a for-credit  continuing education course in English and Arabic.  Its development was made possible by a two-year grant from The Olayan Group.

The program was officially announced and presented Feb. 23 at the 10th International Conference on Low Vision in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

“The need for training programs is critical,” according to Mark G. Ackermann, president and CEO of Lighthouse International.  “Millions of people in the Gulf region suffer disproportionately from such serious eye conditions as retinitis pigmentosa, glaucoma, trachoma, cataracts, corneal diseases, and diabetic retinopathy. This course will be especially useful, since these conditions often respond to low vision care and/or vision rehabilitation."

In a second development, the group has made a three-year commitment to the Prince Fahd bin Salman Charitable Society for the Care of Kidney Patients.

“We are providing this donation as part of our organization’s social responsibility toward supporting charitable societies in the country that help poor families and patients,” said Lubna S. Olayan, president of the Suliman S. Olayan Foundation.

For more information on Lighthouse International, please click here.

For more information on the Ebsar Foundation, please click here