Joshua Silver, Centre for Vision in the Developing World

Product description Brand name and product description

Self-adjustable eye glasses

Target region(s) Target region for distribution/implementation (listed by country if specified)

Regions: Ghana, South Africa, Nepal, and Malawi

Distributors/implementing organizations Organization(s) distributing/deploying this product directly to communities/individuals?"

Centre for Vision in the Developing World (CVDW) in partnership with government and community based organizations in developing countries for the purpose of field and clinical trials. Most notably, through the Humanitarian and Civic Assistance Program of the US military and the Ghana Education Ministry, Non-Formal Education Division (NFED). Global Vision 2020 is also a partner, providing deployment assistance for CVDW.

Other organizations distributing Adspecs include The Rural Development Centre (RUDEC) in Cameroon and Remote Area Medicine’s (RAM) vision outreach project in Bolivia.

More info. can be found at these sources:

– – Center for Vision in Developing World
– – Better Vision for the Poor
– – The AdSpecs have arrived!

Market suggested retail price Price per unit or service price per usage/terms (USD). Subsidies noted.
Competitive landscape Similar products available on the market. May not be a comprehensive listing.

Focusspec (Focus On Vision, The Netherlands), Adlens  (Adlens Ltd, United Kingdom), ChildViSion glasses  (Dow Corp and Center for Vision in the Developing World)

Vision Spring is another organization involved in distribution of glasses in developing countries, although not adjustable glasses. They have trained “vision entrepreneurs” who conduct vision screenings and dispense ready made glasses to bottom of the pyramid customers.

SDG targeted United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) targeted with this product/application/service

Goal 3: to improve and promote good health.

Target user(s) Target user/consumer base (country, income segment)

Users: People in developing countries requiring vision aids, but who likely do not have access to a trained optometrist to obtain prescription glasses.

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