Fondation Pierre Fabre

Create technology & health intelligence that empowers healthcare providers to deliver sustainable eye care to everyone

Main beneficiary countries:
Kenya - Botswana - Pakistan - Zimbabwe

About the sponsor

Peek Vision Foundation

Peek Vision is a social enterprise which develops smartphone technology and public health tools to help eye health organisations improve their services.

The Peek Vision Foundation is a registered charity in the UK which wholly owns a trading company, Peek Vision Ltd.  The company creates and distributes software and services to power sustainable, high-impact eye care programmes worldwide.

All profits generated by the Company’s activities belong to the Foundation, which reinvests them in building eye care capacity in low and middle-income countries.

Sector: Organizational: Communities, public authorities, NGOs, associations, foundations, etc.

Country of origin: United Kingdom

The organisation has:

36
Full-Time Equivalents
36
Employees
0
Volunteer
0
Service provider

Initiative overview

Healthcare themes targeted

  • Primary healthcare
  • Ophthalmology

Stage of development:

  • Routine project/operational

Area where initiative is utilised

  • International (in several countries)

Initiative start date

  • 01/02/2012

Financing

Financing method

  • Public (grant/subsidies, call for proposals/call for tender, etc.)
  • Private (private investors, crowdfunding, philanthropy, etc.)
  • NGO
  • Government agency (i.e AFD, USAID, etc.)

Economic model(s)

  • Income generated by beneficiaries
  • Revenue generated by the beneficiaries/healthcare facilities
  • Subsidies

About the initiative

285 million people in the world are visually impaired, 39 million people are blind, and 80% of that blindness is avoidable . Over two billion people lack access to eye care. As a result millions suffer avoidable visual impairments. Those most in need are often the most difficult to reach. Getting high quality eye care to people in remote locations is a major challenge causing many people to live unnecessarily with avoidable sight loss. Treatment is often possible at nearby locations, but is not utilised if the patients requiring treatment remain undiscovered. Existing diagnostic equipment tends to be expensive, delicate to transport and requires highly skilled operators and reliable power supply. Peek helps by providing easy to use, portable tools for those most in need.

We focus on solving problems experienced in the most underserved areas of the world and we work directly with local health experts. We observe, innovate and then validate before we look to scale up. We always work within local service capacity and help improve effectiveness through local integrated pathways. We partner with clinical services, ministries of health and education, NGOs and the private sector.

Over a billion people worldwide are unable to fulfil their potential because they cannot access eye health services.  The number of people affected is expected to triple by 2050.  Peek is a social enterprise that works with eye health organisations to tackle the global vision crisis.

Peek Solutions are based on smartphone technology and public health expertise.  They power eye health providers in low- and middle-income countries to identify and respond to people’s unmet needs. 

With Peek, eye health providers can identify gaps and inequalities in their services.  People who would have been invisible to health workers or impossible to reach are made visible, so that nobody is left behind.

Peek works in partnership with eye health organisations, governments and international NGOs to make large-scale, sustainable improvements to health systems.

Peek tools are clinically validated and supported by years of research and trials.  Our software is secure and we follow global best practice in data security.

Field report of the initiative

Fields of application:

Patient monitoring and medical data

Target audience

  • Healthcare professionals and structures (hospitals, healthcare centres/clinics, health networks)
  • Entire population
  • Dependents/persons with disabilities
  • Children - adolescents (ages 6-18)

Initiative objectives

  • Decreased morbidity
  • Reduced suffering
  • Improved treatment

Key figures

300000 Number of beneficiaries since launch

Materials used

  • Cellular (mobile) phone
  • Smartphone
  • Tablet
  • Computer

Technologies used

  • Mobile telecommunications (without data connection)
  • Internet
  • Geolocation
  • Mobile app (Android, iOS, Windows Phone, HTML5, etc.)

Offline use

Yes

Open Source

No

Open Data

No

Independent evaluation

Yes
evaluated independently

Partners

CBM International

Organizational: Communities, public authorities, NGOs, associations, foundations, etc.

International Centre for Eye Health (ICEH) at London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM)

Academic entities: Universities, research laboratories, etc.

Ministry of Health Kenya

Organizational: Communities, public authorities, NGOs, associations, foundations, etc.

MInistry of Health & Wellness, Government of Botswana

Organizational: Communities, public authorities, NGOs, associations, foundations, etc.

Partners

Collaborators

startupBrics