Eye care leader Professor Brien Holden from the Brien Holden Vision Institute at UNSW and Professor Kovin Naidoo from South Africa, have been jointly awarded the Schwab Social Entrepreneur Award for Africa 2010 at the regional World Economic Forum in Tanzania. The award recognised the work of the pair through the International Centre for Eyecare Education (ICEE), which Holden established in 1998 to address the need of 670 million people worldwide with uncorrected refractive error which consequently causes blindness or vision impairment because they don’t have access to an eye examination and glasses. Naidoo established the first African office in Durban, South Africa. It now has offices in South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Nigeria and implements its programs in 10 African countries.
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