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IMPROVING VISION CARE IN TANZANIA

In July 2018, SKYGEN International Foundation and its partners will enable cost-effective vision care for up to 1,500 children and adults in Tanzania.

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VISION HEALTH CRISIS

There’s a health emergency today that nobody’s talking about: Nearly 2.5 billion people in the world need glasses. In Tanzania and other developing countries, a severe shortage of eye doctors and lack of healthcare technologies means millions of children can’t see the blackboard clearly. Adults struggling to see on the job risk limited productivity and even physical danger. The fact is, a pair of custom glasses has the power to transform a life and make every day richer.  

CLEAR NEED IN TANZANIA

At SKYGEN International Foundation, our vision is to find cost effective ways to improve healthcare in underserved parts of the world by using emerging technologies. In Tanzania, we see that the need to improve delivery of efficient, cost-effective vision care is clear:

JULY 2018 CHARTER PROJECT

We’re partnering with Essilor Vision Foundation, the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Tanzania (ELCT), and EyeNetra to bring cost-effective vision care to Tanzania. During the week of July 9, 2018, a team from SKYGEN International Foundation and Essilor will visit clinics and hospitals in five Tanzanian communities. We’ll test attendees’ eyes and provide exact prescription eyeglasses that day for up to 80% of the people. For more difficult prescriptions, our portal will send an order to Essilor’s lab in Kenya to make custom eyeglasses.

We’ll also train ELCT’s local care teams to use EyeNetra’s mobile diagnostic equipment for vision testing. Through portable auto refractors, smartphone technology, SKYGEN USA’s eyeglass ordering portal and partner eyeglass laboratories throughout the world, and Essilor’s frames and lenses, residents of these communities will receive glasses custom-made to their specific prescription.

By helping Tanzanians see their world more clearly, we hope to enhance their quality of life.

 

 

 


EyeNetra Refraction Device

bridging EXISTING SOLUTIONS TO EXTEND REACH OF CARE

SKYGEN International Foundation’s Tanzania initiative is built on technologies at the forefront of modern healthcare. The Foundation brings SKYGEN USA’s Enterprise System for vision to the project, enabling secure administration and collaboration on vision programs in real-time with efficiency, speed and reduced cost. In Tanzania, SKYGEN USA’s vision portal will streamline ordering and fulfillment of vision materials from Essilor’s lab in Kenya. It will also capture patient eye test information for future use. By bridging innovative healthcare technologies like EyeNetra’s smartphone-powered mobile refraction tool kit and Essilor’s Ready2Clip solution, which enables on-the-spot custom glasses, SKYGEN International Foundation is extending the reach of vision care to underserved populations.

MAKING VISION CARE SUSTAINABLE

A primary goal of the SKYGEN International Foundation is to make improved healthcare sustainable. In Tanzania, about one dozen local residents will be trained to use EyeNetra’s mobile diagnostic equipment. They’ll also learn the operational process such as issuing vision care ID cards and forwarding patient information to SKYGEN USA securely so the company can enter it into its Enterprise System vision platform.  ELCT, which operates the four clinics and one hospital participating in the project, plans to continue regular vision care events on a bi-weekly basis at 115 more locations.

Additionally, the training will create new jobs where none previously existed while enabling the vision care program to become self-sustaining. SKYGEN International Foundation's charter project will continue to make a difference in the lives of Tanzanians long after the initial five-day event. 

The important work is underway! 

The SKYGEN International Foundation has made their way to Tanzania to deliver eye care services to those in need! In just the first two days, the collaborative team provided services to roughly 700 Tanzanians while visiting clinics in the area.

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