(Video) A New Social Innovation Called MARVIN Is Being Created To Prevent Blindness Caused By Diabetes

By 2035, the International Diabetes Federation estimates that diabetes will affect 592 million people globally. A person with diabetes left untreated will go blind from diabetic retinopathy. As part of the Google Impact Challenge, The Fred Hollows Foundation, will develop a tablet device known as MARVIN. This tablet device will use a mobile diagnostic platform to take high-quality photos of the back of the eye, checking for blinding damage caused by diabetes.

MARVIN can be operated by anyone and is a solution for millions of people living in remote communities by providing on-the-spot assessment and diagnosis. In 3 years, 200 MARVIN devices will be deployed, screening 6 million people for diabetic retinopathy per year. Since The Foundation was established in 1992, it has helped restore sight to more than 1 million people worldwide.

The Fred Hollows Foundation works in more than 25 countries and has restored sight to over two million people. The foundation mainly focuses on preventable and treatable diseases such as cataract, trachoma and diabetic retinopathy. In each country where the foundation serves, they provide local training and provide affordable technology, so doctors, nurses and health care workers can recognize, diagnose, and treat eye problems in their communities. We use research to improve our understanding of avoidable blindness, then use our findings to implement strategies and advocate for change.

The key for the foundation is prevention. There are 32.4 million people in the world who are blind, but most of these individuals don’t have to be. They are blind due to the lack of access they have to basic medical care. The Fred hollows foundation is the gap between preventable blindness in the developing world and the necessary medical care to restore sight. Learn more about the amazing Fred Hollows and the legacy he left behind.

Originally published at causeartist.com on April 13, 2016.

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