It is no secret to members of the IAPB that there are 2.5 billion people around the world suffering from poor vision with no means of improving it. However, to the rest of the world the news of this hidden, unaddressed disability is astounding.
The need to highlight this issue on a global scale is one of the key aims behind my decision to launch a new global campaign, to help the world to see – Clearly.
Clearly is the culmination of my long journey to improve access to vision correction. It all started when I spent time in Africa growing up and saw first-hand the desperate need for people to get access to vision correction. This passion grew when I discovered the potential of adjustable glasses and founded Adlens.
Eight years ago I founded Vision for a Nation. We launched a programme in Rwanda four years ago and today, every Rwandan citizen has access to primary eye care in each of the 502 health centers across the country. Each center is staffed by at least two nurses trained to provide basic treatment, including glasses for $1.50, and to refer patients with more complex conditions to eye specialists at local hospitals. This groundbreaking national program has supported the Rwandan Ministry of Health to provide all of the country’s 10.5 million people with access to local and affordable eye care....Read More