- By Godwin Oritse
A. P. Moller, in partnership with ‘TwoBillionEyes’ a Non-Governmental Organization, are carrying eye test and treatment on its truck drivers to improve their vision and create job opportunities for youths in the port of Mombasa, in Kenya.
In a statement signed by the Africa Communication Manager, Mr. Austin Fischer, Wouter De Gier, Head of Safety, Environment and Performance, said that the programme tagged ‘Bridging the visual and employment gap in Kenya’ is to promote importance of proper vision that leads to road safety, as well as to provide economic opportunities among the youth in Kenya.”
According to De Gier, poor vision is a global issue affecting 2.5 billion people, adding that youth unemployment is a challenge across Africa, with Kenya posting a 39.1 percent unemployment rate based on the United Nations Human Development Index 2017 report.
He said: “APM Terminals is committed to creating meaningful impact to the communities where we operate.
“We are delighted to collaborate with TwoBillionEyes to promote among our driver partners the importance proper care of the eyes”
The partnership resulted in a free eye check-up camp held from 27 August to 13th September 2018, just as 550 truck drivers who ply the Mombasa roads benefited from the exercise.
The vision testing made use of the 0.66 minimum Kenyan requirement for driving. Of this number, 14 percent or 77 drivers were fitted and issued with eyeglasses on the spot to improve their vision.