On 2 June 2015 the Safeguarding Children’s Board announced that children under the age of 16 years on St Helena will receive their spectacles and hearing aid prescriptions for free.

Due to the positive feedback received by the Safeguarding Children’s Board, it has been decided to widen the scope of the scheme to include free prescriptions for spectacles and hearing aids to young persons aged between 16 and 18 years.

The project is being funded by the Department for International Development (DFID), and payments made for spectacles and hearing aids, purchased for 18 year olds and under, will be backdated to 1 January 2015.

This support will allow for the purchase of spectacles in conjunction with the Health Directorate and will not include designer glasses.

SHG

16 June 2015

 

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