Zambia

THE CHALLENGE

Zambia is one of the most impoverished countries in the world, with three-quarters of its population living in poverty. Tragically, it also has a large blind population and one of the highest rates of childhood blindness in the world.

OUR RESPONSE

• We focus on capacity building and training eye care professionals.

• We develop community outreach programmes to ensure children in need are identified and given the best possible care as quickly as possible.

• We run many successful hospital-based training programmes enhancing skills in paediatric cataract and strabismus surgery, ophthalmic nursing skills and biomedical engineering equipment maintenance.

OUR PRESENCE

We’ve been partnering with the Ministry of Health in Zambia since 2010, to build capacity within the overburdened and under-resourced health care system.

In North Western Province, Orbis Africa is focusing on increasing the cataract surgical rate and implementing trachoma control and prevention. In Copperbelt Province, Orbis Africa is expanding its child eye health programme from tertiary level to community, primary and secondary levels. In Lusaka, Orbis Africa’s Human Resources for Eye Health programme is ensuring that the right people, with the right skills, are in the right place at the right time.

SUCCESS IN ZAMBIA

• Orbis Africa supported the opening of the Paediatric Eye Care Centre, in partnership with Kitwe Central Hospital, to provide specialised treatment and care for children with complex sight problems

• As the only facility in the country that is appropriately equipped and staffed for paediatric eye care, it has become a referral point for the whole country and beyond

• We helped obtain a new anaesthetic machine for Kitwe Central Hospital to improve the safety of children’s surgeries — and placed a director to improve the quality of paediatric cataract operations

Read our latest success story from Zambia here: Duncan’s Passion For Eye Health.

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