Tabloid would like to offer its kudos for a moment to Research Plus, a software developer that recently lent its skills free of charge to the Fred Hollows Foundation.
Research Plus has donated approximately $100,000 of its resources to build an online payment gateway for sales of a product that can treat people who are cataract blind at a relatively cheap price.
The Fred Hollows Foundation develops Intraocular Lenses, small pieces of plastic that replace the clouded cataract for cataract-blind people. The foundation sells them for around $US7, a huge discount on the price being asked by commercial suppliers, which currently offer the product for around $US50.
Such strategies have enabled the foundation to restore sight to over 700,000 people worldwide. But even the greatest of good deeds needs the channel - and an online payment gateway is expected to be just what the foundation needs to market and distribute the products further.
Kudos also to IBM Software, which donated the use of its WebSphere product for the project.