7 June 2023 – EyRIS is thrilled to be selected to participate in a ground-breaking tripartite partnership with The International Centre for Eye Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of London and Tanzanian Ministry of Health. This collaboration aims to validate the use of Artificial Intelligence in screening for diabetic retinopathy (DR) in low-resource settings.
In the International Diabetes Federation 2021 report, Tanzania was noted to have the highest prevalence of diabetes in Africa. This situation is exacerbated by the low number of trained eye care professionals. It is estimated there are only 7 ophthalmologists and 3 allied ophthalmic personnel per million people in Tanzania.
Unless DR is detected and addressed promptly, vision loss will become a major public health burden. The deployment of EyRIS SELENA+ to prevent diabetes-related blindness holds immense potential to revolutionize the delivery of eye health services not only in Tanzania but also other countries in the African continent.
EyRIS SELENA+ is an advanced deep learning algorithm, trained on a vast dataset of half a million images from various regions worldwide including a earlier study in Zambia in 2021. It can successfully detect more than mild diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma-suspect cases, and age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Currently, our presence spans across more than 26 countries.
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