Weʼre raising £12,000 to fund Arclight Tandem Africa - Two Boys on a Bike for Sight
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A tandem cycling expedition crossing the African continent from Cairo to Cape Town.
Over the course of our 8 month project we aim to distribute hundreds of devices, and provide training for people drive forward their own distribution and training initiatives. We will be visiting dozens of training institutions on the way in an effort to empower health care workers of the future with Arclights to help in the fight against needless disability.
80% of blindness and 50% of deafness is avoidable if diagnosed and prevented or treated.
The Arclight is a robust compact solar powered ophthalmoscope and otoscope that has been shown to works as well as traditional devices but at a fraction of the cost. With a small amount of training, it can be used to diagnose the main causes of blindness and deafness that affect millions of people in low-resource countries. As it is solar-powered and uses a patented LED, it does not require expensive and hard to find replacement parts such as batteries and bulbs.
We will distribute the Arclight for free and train medical students in all the countries they visit. It only takes one hour to train 20 students to use the Arclight. This will provide the next generation of doctors with the tools needed to combat eye and ear disease.
The project has the support of a number of well respected eye care professionals from a range of internationally recognsied organisations including;
• International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness
• College of Ophthalmology for Central, Southern and Eastern Africa
• Royal College of Ophthalmologists
• London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
• Christian Blind Mission
• The Fred Hollows Foundation
We hope that you can help us make an important step towards meeting the goals of the WHO Vision 2020 of giving all people the right to sight.
Your generous contribution will go towards Arclight Tandem Africa, funding both the expedition and the Arclights distributed.
We would both like to thank all the people and organisations who have contributed to this project and made it a reality. We are very lucky to have such an amazing adventure in store for us!
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