Cameroon

It is estimated that around 100,000 adults and children in and around Cameroon’s capital, Yaoundé, are blind or visually impaired.

Facing The Challenge

Cameroon has the fifth highest prevalence of blindness in the world. It is estimated that around 100,000 adults and children in and around Cameroon’s capital, Yaoundé, suffer from blindness or visual impairment.

Our Response

• With our partners we are developing and strengthening the human resource capacity of ophthalmologists, nurses and biomedical technicians.

• Orbis is one of the only NGOs in the country focusing on paediatric eye healthcare and is supporting the Magrabi ICO Cameroon Eye Institute’s goal to be a Francophone sub-specialty eye-health training centre for all sub-specialities, including paediatrics.

• We continue to advocate with the national government for the implementation of a human resource for eye health plan.

• We are improving existing infrastructure and strengthening procurement and inventory systems.

Our Presence

In 2012 the Prime Minister of Cameroon invited Orbis to invest in high quality eye health services in the country.

Since 2014, Orbis has strengthened the capacity of our partners, Yaoundé Central Hospital (YCH) and the Magrabi International Council of Ophthalmology Cameroon Eye Institute (MICEI)

Successes

Upon invitation from His Excellency the Prime Minister, Orbis conducted a Flying Eye Hospital (FEH) programme in Cameroon in 2013 to kick off a long-term commitment in the country. In October 2017, the FEH visited the country for the third time.

• Orbis has implemented several initiatives that have strengthened YCH and MICEI’s capacity to deliver high-quality eye care services including:

– Staging multi-disciplinary training programmes.

– Building the surgical and clinical skills of doctors and equipping nurses with essential eye care skills.

– Providing critical ophthalmic equipment for adults and children.

– Supporting the design of a child-friendly ward at MICEI.