WHO publishes report on eye health

WHO publishes report on eye health

Abdul from Tanzania had glaucoma and was operated. Picture: Manuel Ferrigato

Abdul from Tanzania had glaucoma and was operated. Picture: Manuel Ferrigato

2.2 billion people worldwide have to live with visual impairment or blindness, with one billion of those cases being preventable or treatable. This is what the World Health Organization’s (WHO) World Health Report (WHO) published for the first time. The most common causes of this are short-sightedness and hyperopia as well as glaucoma and cataract.
“36 million people are blind today. People in poorer regions of the world are particularly affected, where most people have no access to simple surgery, glasses or rehabilitation. As a result, millions of children and adolescents cannot attend school and women and men cannot care for themselves and their families, “said Rupert Roniger, International Director of Light for the World.
According to the WHO report, at least 2.2 billion people live with visual impairment or they are blind. One billion people are still unprotected today – they need glasses or surgery, and in many cases, visual impairment could have been prevented by timely treatment. Currently, 65 million people are blind or visually impaired due to cataracts – they could be treated by surgery. 800 million people have no access to glasses. To treat short-sightedness, hyperopia and cataracts it would need the sum of 13 billion Euros worldwide, calculated the World Health Organization. Light for the World is calling on governments, businesses, foundations and civil society organizations to step up cooperation and provide the resources needed to provide access to healthcare for all concerned.

DAC Technologies  – New Latin America Sales Manager

DAC Technologies – New Latin America Sales Manager

Nestor Paz, as Latin America Sales Manager at DAC

Nestor Paz

DAC Technologies is pleased to welcome Nestor Paz as Latin America Sales Manager. Nestor will be responsible for supporting customers in Latin America and the Caribbean. Prior to joining DAC, Nestor worked 15 years in the optical industry, most recently focused on installing and supporting digital surfacing equipment for a large manufacturer.

Isaac Altit, DAC Technologies’ Global Vice President of Sales, commented, “Nestor’s knowledge in digital and traditional processing and finishing, as well as his international experience, brings invaluable insight to benefit our customers.” For more information on DAC Technologies visit www.dactechnologies.com

A&R changes its ownership

A&R changes its ownership

With his retirement in view, the founder and main shareholder of Automation & Robotics (A&R), Christian Closset, created a plan for the future of the company that combines his own wishes and the strategy of the Walloon Regional Investment Company (SRIW), i.e. to maintain the business in the region. The management and the staff of A&R will progressively buy the shares of the historical shareholders and SRIW ones. Two new companies were born for the combination of management and employee buy-out: Automation & Robotics Holding which owns 100% of the operational company shares, coming from the initial shareholders (Closset Family and 2 directors) and A&R partners (gathering the A&R employees who invested).

Currently, 140 employees are working at A&R, with a hundred based in Belgium. The company has subsidiaries in the USA, China, Brazil, and Thailand. All Belgian employees were invited to invest in the capital of the new holding company via A&R partners. 86% of the eligible staff adheres to the share acquisition plan over roughly 10 years.

The employees and managers have subscribed the shares of A&R Partners, which acquired itself 20.8% of the A&R Holding from the initial shareholders. The SRIW invested 3.8 M. € in the A&R Holding capital, which corresponds to 25%. Till 2022, A&R Partners and the SRIW will reach 51% of the capital. Till 2029, A&R Partners will continue acquiring shares in order to become the majority shareholder. Read more soon on www.ar.be/en

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