Best Ideas 2018 features all the nominated entries submitted to the Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition under ‘Submit your Idea’ category. All the entries consist of innovative solution or proposition for an enterprise that champions the Sustainable Development Goals. They can be on the conceptual, planning, or start-up stage. If you want to know the 10 finalists in this category, click HERE
Explain your idea in details:
Clearer is an initiative taken to aid visually impaired and blind residents in underdeveloped clinics and communities. About 32.4 million people are blind around the world, 90% of whom live in developing countries, and a further 191 million who are visually impaired. According to Fred Hollows Foundation, ending avoidable blindness can inject over $517 billion into struggling economies over a decade, and preventable blindness alone costs developing countries around $49 billion while ending preventable blindness can be achieved for only $2.20 per person annually. Every dollar spent on blindness translates into $4 economic gain globally and $6 gain in Pakistan. Lack of technology is a partial reason. Other issues include improper manipulation of technology available and citizens lack of knowledge and resources for help. In India, premature infants become blind as a result of doctors providing too much oxygen, demonstrating a need for training health worker and strengthening knowledge. Leveraging existing work of WHO and Fred Hollows Foundation, Clearer will partner with top medical schools and work with resident optometrist students who will gain specialized training, and internship/work hours, certificates depending on tasks and opportunities to career advancements. The selection process for volunteers will be rigorous to select the most qualified and purpose-driven candidates. Once admitted, the volunteers will undergo three weeks of specialized training that equips them with the necessary knowledge for their position. Clearer will then schedule their volunteering journey by working with organizations such as WHO to appoint location. In addition to volunteering, Clearer will direct the students attention to focusing on uncorrected refractive error and similar topics as their research areas. Clearer serves as a liaison between eye health organizations, medical students, and people that truly need their attention, allowing each party to be beneficiaries of each other.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
Main inputs include optometric resident students from top US medical schools, who will undergo rigorous selection and training process to volunteer at medical organizations at various parts of the world, from vision centres to rural hospitals. The volunteer students will realize training, education, annual check ups, and other activities to aid people in need and will make more volunteering optometrists available to health organizations. In addition to students, universities, and hospitals that are directly involved in daily activities of the organization, other financial foundations are also crucial in making Clearer sustainable and possible. Financial inputs include foundations and grants, such as the Fred Hollow Foundation and Leona Gruber Trust Grants. The money obtained from these organizations will be directed toward the management of Clearer as well as funding the selection, training process, and raising organization awareness. Furthermore, donations raised will be directed toward better medical equipment and eyewear accessories to assist vision impairments to target untreated vision impairments. Clearer attempts to achieve both short-term outcomes and long term impacts. The primary short-term two year goals that Clearer focuses on include providing 200+ additional available volunteers to provide assistance at vision centres and hospitals around the world eliminating diseases that result as improper utilization of technology and increasing eye health awareness in local areas in developing countries. Outcomes will be evaluated through studies, surveys, and medical inspections conducted in local areas to see whether or not there has been an impact. As for long term impacts, Clearer hopes to reduce the shortage of optometrists in developing countries for the long term, reduce preventable blindness by 15%, and form long term relationships between medical care needs with residency students looking for experience opportunity to make the project sustainable.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
Clearer is a liaison that connects resident optometrist, health organizations and underprivileged residents in the developing world by leveraging unused human capital.The main user segment of Clearer is people in rural communities of underdeveloped parts of the world, residents who dont have access to proper optometry care and live in communities that lack eye health awareness. Main channels of Clearer include the process of delivering volunteers and ensuring a sustainable and efficient process. Another channel focuses on raising organization awareness by holding talks in partner medical schools to promote participation, operating social media platforms, and partnering with WHO and such health organizations. Key resources is divided into human resources, including university residency students and hospital doctors, and financial resources, such as individual donors, foundations: such as the Fred Hollow Foundation, the Foundation for Fighting Blindness, Optometry Care, fundraiser events, and grants. These resources will be directed to realize key activities ranging from selecting volunteers, providing specialized training and Clearer work hour Certificates, and allocating volunteers to WHO and other organizations centres where the volunteers will be: training health worker, holding checkup stations, and providing treatments. Key partnerships which are also essential to Clearers operation include medical schools, eye health related organizations and hospitals which provides doctor professionals. Clearer will operate on a value driven cost structure, adhering to its goals of helping communities and eliminating health issues.
My main areas of interest are art, innovation, and public speaking. Through continuous effort in the field of art, I achieved the Space Foundation Award of the 6th Space Foundation Art Contest and won First Prize of the Canadian Visual Art Award. I also try to explore psychology experiments in my personal portfolio that furthers my understanding in art and people. Apart from art, entrepreneurship also plays a large role in my life. I have developed, UrPath, a smartphone application which plans for high school careers and assists students in discovering their major of interest. This project gained me recognition in the Youth Entrepreneur Competition held by National Angel Capital Organization, encouraging me to continue my path of innovation. My practice and emphasis on public speaking have also helped me express and seek for resources, leading to my achievements of 3rd Place District Finalist of the Optimist Competition, 4th Place in the FDT Optimist competition, and grade finalist in the Poetry In Voice Contest. Combining my passion for art, communication and innovation, I founded EcoStudio, a blog and a nonprofit organization that promotes sustainable living through innovations. On the website, I gather and publish innovative products made by designers around the world. These short posts translates to inspirations from designers and new perspectives on the issue of environmental issues and sustainability. Recently, I initiated Innovation for Green Way of Living Art Contest to encourage youths to realize their design in joint effort of improving the environment. I highly value observation and persistence. Through observation, I notice others needs such as the need for better eye health. Through persistence, I am working toward solutions via continued research and focus. I believe passion and action are fuels of success and look forward to improve personally and for the society.