Vinsighte Technology, one of the foremost digital heath ventures for the visually impaired in Africa, has her mission to use technology to curb the prevalence of visual impairment.
Visual impairment, a major global health challenge according to the October 2018 WHO’s blindness and visual impairment key fact report, shows that approximately 1.3 billion people live with some form of vision defect. According to another report, about 26.2 million people are visually impaired in Africa. It was also estimated that about 32.7 thousand people in every 1 million are visually impaired in Africa, resulting to about 6.24 million people in Nigeria.
While the #Vinsighte team consists of young and innovative minds who are passionate about solving the continent’s visual challenge and making social impact, they have reached out to over 1,000 visually impaired persons in different schools. In year 2020 alone, the team set up a Vsis Reading AI to the Federal Nigerian Society for the Blind, Lagos.
This initiative stems on the onus of improving the lives of millions of young visually impaired Nigerians and Africans. These individuals who could not get their eye defects corrected due to some known causes like uncorrected refractive errors, cataract, or other secondary conditions, will be helped by the Vinsighte team.
In a conversation with one of the reporters at Campus News, the CEO of Vinsighte Technology, Mr Kolawole Tomisin, reiterated that the purpose of this advocacy program is to reach out to as many people in the communities, with the gospel of sensitization and awareness about the harm associated with not giving adequate attention to the eye. This is the first of its kind as it would be a “massive” one.
He added, ‘this awareness is expected to hold on a Facebook group page on Monday 17th May, 2021 as volunteers would be drilled, not only that, they stand to benefit from the following;
- Gain insight on how to prevent visual impairment with the aid of Artificial Intelligence
- Feature in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 3 (Good health and well-being) & 17 (Partnerships in both developed and developing countries)
- Be a part of an organization working in partnership with the likes of World Bank, ACT foundation, Hultz prize, the UAE, Rotary Club, Core Group and many more to reduce the prevalence of visually impairement in Nigeria and Africa at large.’
Requirements to get started:
- Must be within the age bracket of 18-30 years
- Must be passionate and must have a Facebook account.
- Lastly, like and join the Vinsighte Facebook Group link before next week Sunday 16th May, 2021 by clicking on the link below
Recall that Vinsighte Technology had won different awards which includes; the Union Bank’s 2018 best innovation award in Nigeria, HultPrize’19 Dubai Regional finalist, 2019, Honorable Mention Award by the World Bank Group, Global Student Entrepreneurship Award for 3rd best student entrepreneur in Nigeria for 2018, MERCK’s 2019 top 20 health-tech startups in Africa, Top 10 at the CES 2021 sponsored by National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Overall Winner Change maker Innovation challenge 2020 and many more.
Vinsighte Technology plans to reach out to 10,000 people in the next 10 years in its bid to drive more impact with technology and they have been taking great strides in that direction.