100&Change: 2021

Johns Hopkins University

Let There Be Sight: Solving the eyeglass problem in Africa

Establish robust, self-sustaining vision care systems across 4 countries that enable access to high-quality eyecare and affordable eyeglasses to enhance productive employment, health and livelihood.

Submitted: August 2019
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Two-page overview of proposal
Competition Participation
100&Change: 2021
Current Work Location(s):
  • Central River Division, Gambia
  • Bomi County, Liberia
  • Central Province, Zambia
  • Eastern Province, Rwanda
  • Eastern Cape, South Africa
  • Arusha Region, Tanzania
  • Cabo Delgado Province, Mozambique
  • Alaotra Mangoro Region, Madagascar
  • Ashanti Region, Ghana
Priority Population(s):
  • Families
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • People with diseases and illnesses
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):
  • 1. No poverty
  • 3. Good health and well-being
  • 4. Quality education
  • 5. Gender equality
  • 8. Decent work and economic growth
  • 10. Reduced inequalities
  • 11. Sustainable cities and communities

Executive Summary

There are currently 2.5 billion people worldwide who cannot reach their full potential because they need eyeglasses but don’t have them. Starting in four countries, we will ensure that everyone has access to high-quality, affordable vision care. Our solution is transformative. It is part infrastructure: a vast network of Vision Centers and community health workers, part innovation: the USee™, and part social change: local investment in and demand for eyecare. We will establish self-sufficient Vision Centers in District Hospitals and extend their reach and impact by empowering community health workers to become “Visionpreneurs”. Visionpreneurs will use the USee™ to deliver prescription eyeglasses to the most vulnerable people on-the-spot anywhere after just one day of training. A robust public health campaign will expand knowledge of vision care, build demand for services, and foster public and private investment in the eyecare system. The result: a fully sustainable, locally-owned system for protecting sight.

Organization Details
Lead Organization

Johns Hopkins University

Organization Headquarters
Baltimore County, Maryland, United States
Organization ID
Annual Operating Budget
$100 to $199 Million
Number of Full-time Employees
500 to 1,000

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