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Sightsavers Works to Stop Trachoma

Sightsavers is dedicated to preventing blindness and improving eye health around the world. One of their main focuses is the preventable bacterial infection Trachoma. Sightsavers is determined to try to eradicate this disease wherever they can, but it is difficult in areas that are highly impoverished due to conflicts and other economic problems. The war-torn area of Yemen is one of the main focuses in Sightsavers’ fight against Trachoma.

Despite there being numerous roadblocks and conflict zones, a volunteer group of more than 4,000 people were transported by health officials into the areas that needed treatment the most. With this effort, 440,000 doses of Zithromax, an antibiotic by Pfizer, was distributed to 273 villages in Yemen. These 4,000 volunteers were almost entirely female to make the distribution easier due to the local cultures that look down upon men entering the homes of women and children. Along with the antibiotics, sanitation kits were also delivered to the people in need. These sanitation kits were donated to the people of Yemen by the World Health Organization.

This distribution was the first of its kind to prevent the spread of the painful disease Trachoma. This effort was made in collaboration with Sightsavers, the World Health Organization, the Yemen Ministry of Health, the International Trachoma Initiative, and the Fred Hollows Foundation. These organizations are working diligently to try to improve the eye health of people around the world.

Trachoma causes blindness through the build-up of scar tissue on the inside of the eyelids. This scarring causes the eye to be scratched with every blink by the sufferer’s own eyelashes which are turned inward due to the inflammation. With enough damage, the afflicted can become completely blind or at least lose a considerable amount of their eyesight. Sightsavers hopes to be able to put a stop to this neglected tropical disease.

 

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Randy Ray and Wendy Lewis spread economic opportunity with Jeunesse Global

As Randy Ray and Wendy Lewis approached their late-60s, the couple had done and seen it all. The health and beauty industry stalwarts had founded dozens of companies, many of which grew into highly successful businesses. They had long ago earned enough money that they never would have had to work another day in their lives if they had chosen not to. But the passion they had for creating great health and beauty products and helping others to achieve their health and economic goals was enough that neither Ray nor Lewis had ever seriously considered retiring.

However, now they believed that the time had come to hang it up. The couple retired and made it through their days for a month or two. But they quickly realized that their industrious nature simply didn’t make them cut out to sit around the house doing nothing all day. Soon, Ray and Lewis had begun selling a few products out of the garage of their sprawling Florida mansion. This marked the beginning of Jeunesse Global.

Because the couple had far more money than they would ever need, Jeunesse was a different kind of health and beauty company from the get-go. Rather than dedicate their lives to accumulating more wealth that they would never be able to spend anyway, Ray and Lewis decided that with Jeunesse they would solely concentrate on creating revolutionary products that addressed unmet market needs as well as creating genuine economic opportunities for those located in areas of the world where they didn’t have the same chance at success as those born in more advanced countries.

One of the areas in which Ray and Lewis chose to focus was East Asia. They knew from personal experience that the people of East Asia were extremely intelligent and hardworking. Yet the region had long suffered under the stifling oppression of hardline communist governments. Ray and Lewis bet that this would be one of the most promising areas of the globe to start spreading the gospel of U.S.-style capitalism.

They turned out to be right. Today, Jeunesse Global ranks among the fastest-growing health and beauty companies in the world. Much of that growth is attributable to East Asia.

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Curing Cancer: Eric Lefkofsky’s Mission

Born on September 2nd, 1969, Eric Paul Lefkofksky is the CEO and co-founder of Tempus. Eric is also a co-founder and chairman of Group On, Innerworkings, Mediaocean, Echo Global Logistics, Uptake and Light bank. His entrepreneurial, ambitious journey began at the University of Michigan where he began by selling carpets. He graduated with a degree in law.

Eric Lefkofsky is also interested in the well-being of his community. This inspiration has led him and his wife Elizabeth into starting a private charitable organization, Lefkofsky Family Foundation. This foundation drives initiatives for enhancing the lives of those in the societies where the foundation is based. Eric is also a trustee of Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago, and the Art Institute of Chicago among other organizations.

Tempus, which was co-founded by Eric Lefkofsky is a technology firm that is assembling the largest consortium of clinical and molecular data with an operating system that will avail and make this information useful. Tempus’ primary goal is to ensure that current patients can gain from others who were before them. This is made possible by Tempus providing doctors with an interactive, analytical and machine learning platform that enables them to offer personalized care to cancer patients.

Recent studies and surveys have shown that there has been an increase in the cost of healthcare. This can be attributed to the fact that most people and health centers are inclined to wanting and providing personalized care. It is also clear that other factors include population, growth and age. Various diseases become a factor in the amount of money that is spent in the healthcare sector alone.

A lot of patients recently have been diagnosed with the different types of cancer. This has led to many inventions aimed explicitly at treating, curing and curbing cancer-related deaths. It is essential to know and note that money is not the push for innovations in the care for cancer patients. The intention is to provide personalised care for patients, treat and prolong lives. Of great importance to is that the data that these innovations record will tremendously help to further the research.

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