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Marathon Oil is committed to helping Equatoguinean youth improve their academic and social opportunities. To help youth with eyesight issues get proper care and medical attention, Marathon Oil EG Production Limited (MEGPL) started the Ver Bien EG Project in 2017 to screen children for eyesight issues in private and public primary and secondary schools on Bioko Island.

After its initial success, MEGPL expanded the programme’s reach and impact nationally by establishing partnerships with organizations across the country. In 2022, MEGPL, in collaboration with ONCIGE, Nueva Vision Optica and Doctor Cruz Clinics, ran a year-round, school-based programme delivering vision services to children attending primary and secondary schools on Bioko Island and in Bata on the mainland. The programme provided early detection of visual impairment by diagnosing visual deficiencies through screening and clinical examination and treatment with corrective eyeglasses. To date, Ver Bien has screened over 15,000 children for vision issues, provided over 2,400 clinical eye examinations and donated approximately 1,800 prescription eyeglasses to youth.

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