Three years ago, British eye doctor Andrew Bastawrous moved from Liverpool to Kenya to conduct eye research, funded by the charity Fight for Sight, Forbes.com reports.
Around 39 million people worldwide suffer from from blindness, and 80 percent of those cases are avoidable with early diagnosis and treatment.
But Bastawrous had a problem: transporting heavy, fragile and expensive equipment, along with a local staff of 15 who didn’t know to operate it.
“Of the 100 clinics we were going to set up, 70 had no electricity, and 65 no road access. The equipment required power supplies and filled an entire van. It would take an hour just to load and unload and a lot of training to get familiar with each piece of equipment,” he told Forbes.com.
"It was the equivalent of taking a small British hospital into the bush, a complex and cumbersome, not to mention outdated, approach. Bastawrous turned to technology to solve the problem. He downloaded and tested various eye apps on his Smartphone, but nothing did the job. So, he did what any self-confessed gadget geek would do. He invented his own."
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