According to a recent report from the World Health Organization, 37 million people are blind worldwide, and 90 percent live in poor nations where eye care is inaccessible. One of the major crisis regions for this problem is Africa. There, millions remain blind without the assistance of modern medicine or eye care. To highlight this problem, the first week in March has been dubbed “Save Your Vision Week.”
Here at COAST, we spend a lot of time researching, studying and developing optics systems for our LED flashlights, so we have a deep appreciation for how the human eye works. That’s why we jumped at the chance to partner with Mercy Ships – an international charity founded in 1978 – to help bring mobile eye care centers to Sierra Leone in Africa.
To assist Mercy Ships in their efforts to provide doctors and medical supplies to various parts of Africa, we’ve provided them with much-needed flashlights for their eye screenings. Specifically, the COAST G10 LED flashlight and the COAST A5 LED flashlight have proven quite useful for eye examinations.
Cataracts are the biggest culprit in Africa’s vision problems, affecting an estimated 50 percent of the Sub-Saharan African population. Both the COAST A5 LED flashlight and the COAST G10 LED flashlight have aided in eye screenings for cataracts. Here’s what a representative from Mercy Ships said about our flashlights:
“They have been a huge blessing to the eye team and by extension a large part of bringing hope and healing to the people of Sierra Leone. They are a critical part of our screening process, enabling us to check every person who comes to us for help.”
We were delighted to hear that our products have played an important role in the Mercy Ships mission – to help save and protect the vision of people who don’t have access to eye care.