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SHARE director mentors in African Adventure to help prevent blindness

SHARE director mentors in African Adventure to help prevent blindness

From left: Alex, Merlin and Professor Frank Sullivan from St Andrews University

SHARE director, Professor Frank Sullivan mentored St. Andrews students before their adventure across Africa to help research and diagnosis in the fight to prevent blindness and deafness. For more information please see the Courier article below and if you would like to get involved in health research please register for SHARE today

Students Alex McMaster and Merlin Hetherington will cycle 10,000km from Cairo to Cape Town to distribute 2,000 Arclight devices — revolutionary handheld solar-powered tools that can make instant diagnostic decisions.

Developed by the university’s School of Medicine, the Arclight is a low-cost, solar-powered ophthalmoscope-otoscope for outreach or screening programmes in low-income countries.

Merlin and Alex, who leave for Cairo on Wednesday, said: “We are looking forward to witnessing first hand some of the struggles and positive stories from people striving for quality eye-care in their communities.

“It is a tragedy that we have been able to end preventable blindness for decades, yet health workers in Africa don’t have access to the tools to even diagnose or screen the causes of blindness.”

During the expedition, Merlin and Alex will provide training for people to drive forward their own distribution and education initiatives.

To follow their progress please visit their website (

Original article written by Craig Smith at the Courier (posted 03/10/18, 8.23am).

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