Best Projects 2018 features all the nominated entries submitted to the Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition under ‘Submit your Project’ category. All the entries consist of innovative projects run by existing enterprises in the form of businesses, NGOs or informal programs. If you want to know the 10 finalists in this category click HERE
Provision of Crispvision Eye test kits for correction of vision in underserved communities
Explain your project in details:
Visual defects result from late detection and inaccessibility of eye care services. Our proposed solution is using Crispvision Eye test kits. A pilot study was carried out by hosting a one day eye camp in selected five villages across Eket, Akwa Ibom State. Patients were screened for eye defects. Patients with eye defects were provided with either corrective glasses or referred to the clinic. Customers were highly satisfied with the services brought close to them. To expand this innovation, Crispvision packaged 3 types of eye test kits- Home eye test kits that can be used by anyone, survival eye test kit for companies and Combo eye test kit for trained community health workers. To scale-up, these products will be marketed to individuals, schools, pharmacies, supermarkets, companies, Health centers and online to provide access to eye test and corrective glasses at affordable rates to underserved communities. These products and services will improve access to quality eye care, reduce school dropout rate occasioned by preventable eye defects, increase level of productivity and reduce dependability as a result of preventable blindness. At the macro level, this will create employment opportunities for youths/community health workers to reduce restiveness and improve national economy.
Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development
Corrective glasses allow people to seize numerous life-changing educational, health and livelihood opportunities which are priorities at the heart of the SDGs and the commitment to leave no one behind. SDG 1. Social protection policies are referred to in the Global Goals on Poverty and Inequalities. They offer the potential to cover costs of eye health services and to provide access to assistive devices for visually impaired people. Crispvision has visited 850 villages, served 22000 patients and reached 111000 people, providing quality and affordable eye care solutions in underserved communities so as to reduce poverty and inequality. SDG 3. The Health Goal target to end the epidemics of Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) is highly relevant for eliminating Onchocerciasis and blinding Trachoma. Crispvision's eye test kits can be used to monitor cataract, trachoma and onchocerciasis thereby preventing blindness caused by these diseases. Implementation at the national level creates opportunities to link action and indicator frameworks of the SDGs and the GAP (Global Action Plan). Both highly emphasize universal access to health that reaches all people and leaves no one behind. SDG 4. Early detection and effective management of eye health conditions in children and youth especially a timely response to the emerging myopia epidemic would contribute to achieving the Global Goal on Education by reducing drop-out rates and improving academic performance. Crispvision has visited 150 schools in underserved communities and has provided 1500 free prescription glasses to school children. SDG 5. The prevalence of visual impairment is significantly higher among women. Yet they face many more barriers to access eye health services than men. The Global Goal on Gender Equality provides a key opportunity to promote equal access to comprehensive eye care services for women, as envisaged in the GAP. 64 community health workers trained by Crispvision are women.
Sustainability and future plans
Crispvision will ensure sustainability by securing additional funding to produce 1000000 eye test kits, thereby ensuring a 50% growth in outputs for sale. In the next 5 years, Crispvision will train 1000 community health workers to distribute eye test kits across Nigeria. In the next 10 years we plan to train 10000 community health workers and expand our business to other countries like Ghana, Togo, Niger, Cameroon and other countries in the sub sahara region
Your profile as an entrepreneur
Ucheoma Udoha is 33 years old and she holds a Doctor of Optometry degree from Abia State University, Uturu, Nigeria. She is the founder and CEO of Crispvision Ventures an organization committed to end preventable blindness by providing quality, affordable and accessible eye care solutions. She has run a lot of campaigns about eye care, visited about 750 villages for outreaches, reached some 200000 people, served some 20000 people and provided 10000 free reading glasses, 500 prescription glasses to children and 50 cataract surgery for her community members. Her social impact work earned her to be named as one of the outstanding Young African Leaders in 2017 an initiative by Barrack Obama, the US former president. She studied business and Entrepreneurship at University of Iowa in 2017 as a Mandela Washington Fellow. She is committed to reducing avoidable blindness. She developed and produced eye test kits, a self eye test kit that is used to detect eye defects, correct far sightedness and also monitor debilitating diseases like cataract, onchocerciasis and trachoma. She has a clear vision of increasing productivity and self reliance by providing affordable eye care solutions everywhere to everyone who needs it. Dr Udoha enjoys mentoring and interacting with people and in her spare time, likes to read books, surf the internet and enjoy a happy hour with friends.