United Kingdom: A mobile sight centre in remote areas
Accessible health to prevent and decrease sight issues.
A good number of sight problems are considered to be avoidable, through preventive education, access to healthcare and adequate treatment. Nevertheless the remoteness of some areas can represent a barrier, preventing the most vulnerable as well as isolated people from accessing those services.
A group of Givaudan volunteers from Ashford, partnered with a local charity organisation specialised in providing assistance to the visually impaired, to launch a mobile sight centre that runs across the county of Kent. The mobile sight centre, which officially goes by the name "Iris" was launched in the second half of 2021 and will allow 6,500 people from the region to get access to eye-care treatment and sight-loss preventive measures. The vehicle is equipped with low vision and assistive technology. Interactive and informative workshops on sight-loss prevention are also be provided.