Who Are We?
Our background is that we are Zambian Optometrists who are focused on solving the problem of testing eyes and providing glasses in Zambia. The provision of eye healthcare could be a lot better if we deploy the technologies that are now available and we will do this regardless of whether RedxZambia is successful or not. As Optometrists from Zambia we often see patients who would benefit from technology that seems unaffordable or out of reach. That has now changed – we invite our academic partners to help grow this project simultaneously setting up Redx Zambia whilst we continue our efforts to improve health care in Zambia.
We are now focused on bringing Smart Phone Refraction to Zambia via our own technology under licence. What does this do? It allows registered optometrists to remain in their offices treating more serious cases whilst team’s clinical assistants using smartphones and the Eye Netra device help people obtain their eye test details. Imagine a blind or sight impaired person who then is able to see! EyeNetra Redx are all MIT ( Masecucettes Institute of technology ) projects from the USA.
REDX labs and clubs serve as gateways to the energy and creativity of innovators who are creating solutions to satisfy significant social needs.
In collaboration with experts from several research centers, bright young innovators from all regions around the world have the opportunity to work closely with corporate executives, academics from institutions of higher learning, government officials and experienced mentors to imagine and develop solutions to solve major problems affecting citizens in resource-constrained areas and situations.
Netra: Smartphone-powered Refraction
Secondly WeServeZambia has one aim, to fix one specific issue. That of obtaining a precise prescription for glasses so that eyeglasses can be provided more effectively. The correction of eye problems and providing eye glasses leads directly to economic empowerment, personal empowerment and personal freedom often allowing education and economic activities. Alleviation of common vision problems has a tremendous effect on all aspects of life for the individual and community. Living in locations with little access to eye health except a
hospital is a big problem. There are alternatives such as setting up new hospitals and mobile health units we aim to implement the project to bootstrap the foundation for expansion into numerous verticals. As a first step, we will use a simple effective platform EyeNetra via our We Serve Zambia team who are a technology implementation group of Zambian Vision Scientists and entrepreneurs. We will begin to use smartphone powered devices to improve the access eye care programs. Our device does not replace Optometrists. Our registered Optometrists will each have 10 or more devices with 3 assistants. These teams and their devices will go out into communities in a coordinated and professional manner providing a service for the benefit of those most in need. We aim to eliminate refractive blindness.
Our registered Optometrists will each have 10 or more devices with 3 assistants. These teams and their devices will go out into communities in a coordinated and professional manner providing a service for the benefit of those most in need. We aim to eliminate refractive blindness.
Schedule of spot-Probe for weserveZambia.
Location: University of Zambia, Lusaka. Zambia.
Chairpersons per very meeting: Mumbi Chola, Namakau Sitaleka, Abel Siwamezi and Ravi Bhojwani.
Meeting days: Saturdays.
Hours per Week: 2 hours.
Start date: 3rd February 2018.
End date: 7th April 2018.
The focus is placed on targeting one of the leading causes of blindness; REFRACTIVE ERRORS.
Comprehensive eye care services include eye health promotion, prevention, and rehabilitation.
Statistics have shown the below data. Research done in Nepal by Ian Yeung, BA MBBChir and
BoatengWiafe, MD MSc.
|Problem||Men (%)||Women (%)||Children (%)|
Refractive errors were the commonest presenting complaint for adults (39% of men and 35% of
Distance and money were the main barriers that prevented the blind from seeking specialist help earlier
(33% and 51%). This corresponds well with known statistics for the developing world in the literature:
48% for money and 44.8% due to logistics in patients. Weservezambia initialises a mobile programmes
in order to tackle the distance issue while free transport and discounted costs should overcome the
Fear was the third barrier at 16%. The study in Nepal also found fear to be next after money and
distance at 33%. This apprehension could be due to lack of awareness, culture, beliefs or uncertainty
over surgical outcome. Improved education and publicity showing patients with refractive errors with
restored vision should hopefully overcome this.
Mobile eye programmes should be integrated into existing primary health care programmes at district
Community health workers, traditional healers and schoolteachers should be given basic training in
recognising eye conditions.
Community awareness about the prevention of blindness should be raised.
WESERVEZAMBIA PROBE SESSIONS WITH THE CHOSEN CHAIRPERSONS.
3rd: Mumbi Chola.
10th: Namakau Sitaleka
17th: Abel Siwamezi.
24th: Ravi Bhojwani.
3rd: Namakau Sitaleka.
10th: Abel Siwamezi.
17th: Ravi Bhojwani.
24th: Chola Mumbi.
31st: Moses Lisulo.
7th: Mumbi Chola.
Every probe session is to be recorded and posted online. Presenting Names can be changed if the presenter doesn’t feel fit to do so.