Ghana

THE CHALLENGE

The need for child eye health services in Ghana is immense. It is estimated that 9 000 children are blind, of which between 50 to 70 percent of these cases are avoidable. There are only two trained paediatric ophthalmologists in the country and no formal paediatric ophthalmology training exists.

OUR RESPONSE

• Orbis Africa and our partners created a programme to contribute to the reduction of childhood blindness and visual impairment by training ophthalmologists in child eye care.

• Orbis Africa is working to procure necessary equipment and supplies identified to develop sustainable eye care services.

• We advocate at the national, regional and local level to raise awareness around the importance of child eye health.

OUR PRESENCE

We are working with the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital to develop quality paediatric services in collaboration with the Himalayan Cataract Project, which focuses on adult services. We are engaged in community education, training of teachers, and involving Queen Mothers and traditional healers to increase awareness of eye health at community level.

SUCCESS IN GHANA

• We developed an 18-month training plan in conjunction with all partner institutions.

• Ghana’s Minister of Health inaugurated a new building (funded by USAID), which houses the eye department.

• We have identified opportunities to build capacity by training eye care professionals in paediatric ophthalmology and anaesthesiology.

Read our latest success story from Ghana here: My Time In Ghana.

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