WHAT WE DO
The estimated global prevalence of blindness is approximately 39 million people, one in 200. Approximately 246 million people are visually impaired, with staggering implications not just on their quality of life but on the wider economy.
Many of the pathologies that lead to blindness can be treated. Furthermore, appropriate therapies if instigated early can prevent blindness and visual impairment.
Through shared learning and co-development platforms such as Uganda UK Health Alliance (UUKHA), Eye Health Consortium, and public-private partnerships, and working with affiliated organisations including charities, Vision 2020 and International Agency for Prevention of Blindness (IAPB), the Eye Health Africa project aims to treat sight and life threatening ocular conditions (e.g. retinoblastoma),and give hope to many, especially to vulnerable children and those in rural communities where there is currently no access to eye health services.
Eye Health Africa aims to share knowledge and exchange and transfer skills to support the urgent need to build capacity for eye care services in Africa.
With this aim in mind and with support from all African Governments and people, our proposed solution is annual Education Eye Camps and creation of Eye Institutes in each African country.
These will model themselves on global centres of ophthalmic centres of excellence like Moorfields Eye Hospital (MEH), London, United Kingdom to provide world-class ophthalmic treatment along with excellent teaching and training to Africa wide eye care practitioners.
As a substantial amount of ophthalmic disease is refractive in nature (i.e. myopia, presbyopia, amblyopia etc), there is need for a strong Optometric team in Africa.
To achieve the above, the Eye Health Africa team will continue to work with world renowned institutions such as Moorfields, coupled with support via V2020, and other humanitarian organisations.
Eye Health Africa team is grateful to everyone who has contributed to our efforts, and for the continued support.