Essilor and energy and fuel company Total have launched a pilot program to fight poor vision and improve road safety in Kenya, where access to vision care networks and public awareness are limited. By launching this pilot program, Essilor and Total seek to bring vision care to road users at both truck stops run by local NGOs and Total service stations.
The “Vision Journey” program started this month near Nairobi at the Mlolongo wellness center with a vision care campaign inviting 4,500 professional drivers to get their vision checked. It will be hosted by North Star Alliance in collaboration with Essilor, Total Foundation, and Safe Way Right Way association.
“Good Vision Corners” will be installed in parallel at Total service stations to enlarge vision care services to all road users. Following the initial six-month pilot, a larger roll out is considered across the country.
According to the World Health Organization, up to 13,000 Kenyans lose their lives in road traffic crashes every year and 8 million people in Kenya suffer from uncorrected poor vision, a major risk for road safety.
This initiative is aligned with Essilor’s international campaign “Road Safety Starts with Good Vision,” supported by the FIA (Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile).