This Galaxy Upcycling program helps treat around 1 billion cases of visual impairment worldwide that are preventable with proper diagnosis, he added.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), at least 2.2 billion people suffer from some form of visual impairment and almost half of these cases were preventable or have not yet been treated. There is a great disparity in the prevalence of visual impairment based on the affordability and availability of eye care services.
“People around the world face barriers to accessing basic healthcare, and we saw an opportunity to design smart and innovative solutions that reuse products to foster more sustainable practices and have a positive impact on our communities. Said Sung-Koo Kim, vice president of Office of Sustainability Management, Mobile Communications Company at Samsung Electronics.
This program embodies Samsung’s belief that technology can enrich people’s lives and help build a more equitable and sustainable future for all, Kim added.
In 2017, Samsung created the Galaxy Upcycling program to introduce innovative ways for Galaxy devices to have a positive impact.
Through the program, an old Galaxy smartphone can become the brain of the EYELIKE pocket camera which connects to a lens for improved bottom diagnosis, while the smartphone is used to capture images.
The Galaxy device then uses an artificial intelligence algorithm to analyze and diagnose images of ophthalmic disease and connects to an app that accurately captures patient data and suggests a treatment regimen at a fraction of the cost of commercial instruments.
The unique, affordable diagnostic camera can screen patients for conditions that can lead to blindness, including diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration, the release said.
Since 2018, Samsung has partnered with the IAPB and Yonsei University Health System to improve the lives and vision of over 19,000 residents in Vietnam with its portable retinal camera.
In 2019, it provided 90 portable ophthalmoscopes to healthcare professionals operating in remote areas of the country without access to walk-in clinics.
“Now Samsung has extended the program to India, Morocco and Papua New Guinea. Samsung is also expanding its capabilities into new areas of screening, including using recycled Galaxy devices to create portable smartphone colposcopes to screen for cervical cancer and improve women’s accessibility to quality health care. “, says the press release.