Category: Health

New Ambulance Company Saves Lives

Two weeks ago, a friend in Pakistan passionately claimed that Bombay is the most exciting city in the world. Although I mostly agreed, I quickly realized that excitement wears multiple faces, as 3 near-catastrophes unfolded 24 hours within my arrival here: first a bicycle side-clip by my taxi from the airport, then a fender-bender going[…..]

VisionSpring sells its millionth pair of glasses

Acumen Fund investee VisionSpring is bringing affordable eye care and glasses to the poor. We first invested in the company in 2005, and they announced today that they have sold their millionth pair of glasses. Congratulations to the VisionSpring team!
VisionSpring Founder and CEO Jordan Kassalow has written a great column in the Huffington Post entitled “Prescriptions[…..]

World Malaria Day 2012: The Next Generation of Anti-Malarial Efforts

In honor of World Malaria Day, we wanted to shine a spotlight on one of our investees working on malaria control. Malaria remains a life-threatening disease, still taking the lives of approximately 655,000 people a year, mostly African children. In 2009, Acumen Fund made an investment in Durable Activated Residual Textiles (DART), which is developing[…..]

Investee Spotlight: Pushpagiri Vitreo Retina Institute

What is PVRI, and what do they do?
PVRI, the Pushpagiri Vitreo Retina Institute, is an organization treating preventable eye disease in India. PVRI provides a broad range of eye care services – from out-patient procedures to surgeries and post operative care. Focused on one of the leading causes of blindness – diabetic retinopathy, or blindness[…..]