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Sending Your Recycled Glasses To Developing Countries Costs Twice As Much As Giving Them Ready-Made Glasses

A pair of reading glasses with LaCoste frames.

A pair of reading glasses with LaCoste frames. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In 2009 I went to Liberia with the Friends of Liberia on a 3 week service project mission.
Some of us “tagged along” with the folks from an upcountry hospital that was conducting eye checkups to teachers at three rural schools. (Unfortunately no photos of this sidetrip at the above link.)
The teachers were given eye exams and prescription glasses immediately if needed.

From the 7 April 2012 article at Medical News Today

You might feel good sending your old reading glasses to a developing country. But a recent international study, led by the International Centre for Eyecare Education (ICEE), a collaborating partner in the Vision CRC, in Sydney, suggests it is far better to give $10 for an eye examination and a new pair of glasses if you want to help someone in desperate need, and it is far better for building capacity in these communities. ……

 

April 9, 2012 - Posted by | Consumer Health | , , , , ,

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