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Vision for a Nation: Universal Access to Eyeglasses for the People of Rwanda
Date:9/24/2009

NEW YORK, Sept. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Adaptive Eyewear, a UK-based not-for-profit organisation which aims to provide vision correction solutions to people in the developing world, was recognized yesterday at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Fifth Annual Meeting for its exemplary approach to address the significant shortage of eye care specialists and lack of vision infrastructure in Rwanda. Adaptive Eyewear's commitment to the people of Rwanda was announced at the session "Driving Disruptive Innovation at the Base of the Pyramid" on Wednesday 23rd September at 2:45pm.

Adaptive Eyewear is seeking $400,000 in matched funds at the Clinton Global Initiative to distribute self-adjustable eyeglasses that utilize innovative technology which can correct up to 90% of refractive errors. Vision for a Nation is being implemented in three phases. Phase one is underway and funds raised through CGI will be used to support the implementation of phase two, which is a scaled-up programme to screen approximately 300,000 Rwandans. In phase two approximately 50,000 pairs of eyeglasses will be distributed via trained health workers. Phase two will determine the most effective distribution method to ensure the programme can be scaled to a national level (an estimated 7.5 million people) in phase three.

"This technology could transform the lives of millions of people, who due to cost and availability have no access to eye care specialists," said James Chen, Chairman, Adaptive Eyewear. "In sub-Saharan Africa alone, approximately 95% of people who need eyeglasses do not own a pair."

Visual impairment due to uncorrected refractive error has the potential to significantly affect a person's education, employment and quality of life and costs at least $121.4 billion per annum globally in lost productivity, according to the WHO. For these reasons it is a significant barrier to the attainment of Educ
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