On Jan.4, 2021, Clearly, a charity founded in 2016 by the Hong Kong-based philanthropist James Chen, will merge into the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB), an alliance of civil society organizations, private sector, and professional bodies promoting eye health through advocacy, knowledge and partnerships.
The move is designed to combine the two organizations’ advocacy and campaigning expertise and put pressure on global actors and governments “to end the vision crisis,” IAPB said.
Chen is the co-founder of Adlens, that specializes in lens technology with adjustable focus eyewear. He also set up the charity Vision for a Nation in 2011 with the aim of providing nationwide access to eye care and affordable glasses in Rwanda. Clearly was launched as a global campaign to enable access to glasses for everyone in the world.