The ESCRS is supporting the establishment of a Paediatric Eye Care Unit at Gondar University Hospital in northern Ethiopia. ESCRS is funding the human resource development of the paediatric eye-care team, including supporting two ophthalmologists to attend paediatric ophthalmology and retina sub-speciality fellowships. The funds also paid for a ‘Hospital Based Training Programme’ at Addis Ababa’s Menelik Hospital and three ophthalmologists were given hands-on training on standard paediatric cataract and strabismus surgery.
Founded in 1991, the ESCRS is Europe's leading organisation for cataract and refractive surgeons and is at the forefront of developments in anterior segment surgery. The society currently has 4,000 members from over 90 countries worldwide and its Annual Congress is attended by over 6000 international delegates.