MTB Foundation recently signed an agreement with Ispahani Islamia Eye Institute and Hospital (IIEI&H) for the project titled, ‘Eye Health Service for the Garment Workers, predominantly Female’. Under the agreement, MTB Foundation and Ispahani Islamia Eye Institute and Hospital (IIEI&H) will jointly organize eye camps for the garment workers of different Ready-made Garments (RMG) factories of the country with a focus on the female segment.
The country’s Ready-made Garments (RMG) sector employs a significant number of workers out of which a majority is comprised of women. These women are mostly engaged in sewing and cutting for prolonged hours. As a result, the women garment workers are impacted by high rates of near vision impairment, which remains unaddressed and results in lower productivity and lower monthly salaries. The objective of the partnership between MTB Foundation and IIEI&H is to create access to quality eye care for these female garment workers so that they can carry out their jobs seamlessly, which in turn, will enable them to increase their earnings and overcome poverty.
MTB Foundation, through this project, intends to help attain Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 1 (No Poverty), SDG 2 (Zero Hunger), SDG 3 (Good Health and Well-Being), SDG 5 (Gender Equality) and SDG 8 (Decent Work & Economic Growth).
The agreement was signed by Brig Gen A K M Akhtaruzzaman, Ndc, psc (Retd), Chief Executive Officer, Ispahani Islamia Eye Institute and Hospital (IIEI&H) and Samia Chowdhury, Chief Executive Officer, MTB Foundation in the presence of Syed Mahbubur Rahman, Managing Director & CEO and Rais Uddin Ahmad, Deputy Managing Director & CAMLCO of Mutual Trust Bank Ltd. (MTB) at a simple ceremony held at the Bank’s Corporate Head Office, Gulshan 1, Dhaka 1212. Among others, Gazi Md. Nazrul Islam Faisal, Director, Community Services & Selina Akhtar, Coordinator ROP from IIEI&H and Neherin Maqsood, Associate Manager, MTB Foundation were also present during the event.