On April 13, Kyrylo Goncharuk, CEO CheckEye, met with Professor Oleksandr Tolstanov, MD, president of the Association of Family Medicine of Ukraine, to discuss the future of CheckEye’s initiative.
Given the limited healthcare resources in Ukraine and the prevalence of diabetes, there is a critical need for national-level vision screening. Family doctors play a crucial role in identifying patients who are at risk of developing the disease and referring them for screening tests.
Both parties agreed that it is necessary to develop a comprehensive work plan to prevent the spread of the diabetes pandemic in Ukraine. CheckEye and the Shupyk National Healthcare University of Ukraine have agreed on a preliminary work plan, and the Memorandum of Cooperation is expected to be signed soon.
We would like to recap that the results of the first pilot study of CheckEye, conducted in the Chernivtsi region, showed that 30% of people previously diagnosed with diabetes mellitus had retinopathy. Undiagnosed retinopathy is a major concern as it can lead to blindness.