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.
• We focus on capacity building and training eye-care professionals and faculty.
• We develop community outreach programmes to ensure children in need are identified and given the best possible care as quickly as possible.
• We coordinate the mass distribution of the antibiotic Zithromax to eliminate blinding Trachoma in the region.
We have been partnering with the Ministry of Health in Zambia since 2010 to build capacity within the overburdened and under-resourced healthcare 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, and supporting the expansion of the national trachoma elimination programme in Zambia. 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 have supported an increase in the cataract surgical rate from 446 to 1 686 in North-Western Province.
• Orbis Africa facilitated the successful roll-out of the film-screening methodology for improved community awareness and engagement on eye-health issues.
Read our latest success story from Zambia here: Duncan’s Passion For Eye Health.
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