Fondation Pierre Fabre

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

Main beneficiary countries:
Kenya - Botswana

About the sponsor

Peek Vision Foundation

Peek Vision Foundation is a charity which owns Peek Vision Ltd, a legal manufacturer of medical devices. Together they are a social impact enterprise aiming to sustainably increase access to eye care.

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

Country of origin: United Kingdom

The organisation has:

10
Full-Time Equivalents
15
Employees
0
Volunteer
0
Service provider

Initiative overview

Healthcare themes targeted

  • Primary healthcare
  • Ophthalmology

Stage of development:

  • Pilot project/testing/trials

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.

Peek was formed to enable smartphone tools and technology to radically increase access to eye care. By combining with health intelligence - knowledge and experience - Peek's technology is clinically tested and designed with the users and beneficiaries in mind. The idea came when Peek founder and CEO, Dr Andrew Bastawrous, was conducting research into eye health in a rural part of Kenya. Faced with a logistical nightmare of transporting bulky, expensive equipment and a team of people into communities, he decided to capture the equipment's functions in apps and hardware. This would also enable people living with preventable or treatable visual impairment to be connected far more easily with health care through the location and recording features of the Peek system. With Peek, a non-specialist can carry out eye testing with minimal training, enabling more people to access eye care in low-income settings where medical professionals are in short supply. Peek develops apps including Peek Acuity to test eyesight, hardware such as the Peek Retina clip-on camera adapter to take images of the back of the eye and screening programmes for schools and communities.

Field report of the initiative

Fields of application:

Health professional training - Telemedicine (remote diagnosis and consultations) - 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

100000 Number of beneficiaries since launch

Materials used

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

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

Fred Hollows Foundation

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

Botswana UPenn Partnership

Academic entities: Universities, research laboratories, etc.

Ministry of Health Kenya

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

Ministry of Education Kenya

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

Partners

Collaborators

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