On June 27, we celebrated the official transition of vision center operations to The Gambia government.
We’re so excited about how far we’ve come – but we’re even more excited about what this means for the future of our sustainable work. The transition signifies the positive outcome of a public-private partnership, proves that there is a solution for the global vision care access issue affecting 1.1 billion people worldwide, and signals that solving this issue in our lifetime is plausible.
Why the Gambia?
1 out of every 3 Gambians experience a refractive error in their vision; and more than 60% of the respondents with this condition are unaware that they have a problem. Over half of all Gambians makes under $2/day, making the cost of a pair of glasses prohibitive – a single pair would have cost more than a month’s worth of income
SUSTAINABLE CENTER IMPACT
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OneSight’s role now is as a consultant continue to monitor Key Performance Indicators and P&L through quarterly check-ups and an annual audit. Our team is also available to the government and vision center staff for questions and consultations. The government of The Gambia is responsible for continued staffing, finance, inventory, logistics, supply chain, operations, etc.
More About the Gambia
Situated on the north-western coast of sub-Saharan Africa and bordered on three sides by Senegal, The Gambia is the smallest country on the continent. Covering 4,400 square miles with 1.8 million inhabitants, it is a very poor country. Ranked 151 of 160 on the Human Development Index, one third of the population lives below the international poverty datum line of $1.25 per day and two thirds survive on less than $2.00 per day.