Cameroon cataract patient Aissatou looks into the distance


It is estimated that around 180,000 people in Cameroon suffer from blindness and an additional 330,000 suffer from moderate to severe vision loss. There is a lack of skilled eye care professionals, infrastructure and equipment to adequately address these needs, which is why it has the fifth highest prevalence of blindness in the world.

In photos: changing lives in Cameroon – Saliou

May 10, 2018

We recently returned from a trip to Cameroon to learn how Orbis is transforming lives of people with avoidable blindness. There, we met a handful of the 150,000 people who have lost their sight in the country. Cameroon has the fifth highest prevalence of blindness in the world and so much of this is avoidable.
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Success in Cameroon

In 2013, Orbis launched a Flying Eye Hospital program in Cameroon to kick off a long-term commitment in the country. Prime Minister Philémon Yang and key government officials visited the programme to help lay the foundation for more opportunities to advocate for greater attention to eye care in the region.

Patient stories: treating Honorine, Cameroon, for cataract

January 24, 2018

Honorine’s cataract was so severe that she could no longer cook or sew. While Honorine still worked, she could barely see the machete she used as a peanut and maize farmer, so was terrified she would hurt herself. That all changed after she underwent sight-saving treatment on our Flying Eye Hospital in Cameroon
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What we're doing next

We are just beginning our work with Yaoundé Central Hospital to enhance quality, efficiency and accessibility of eye health services in the ophthalmology unit. This project focuses on training hospital staff, increasing volume and quality of eye health services and the strengthening of procurement and supply management systems. With your help, we will also be providing new equipment and training staff on how to use it.

We are also a key partner in growing the Magrabi ICO Cameroon Eye Institute into a sub-speciality eye health training centre for Francophone Africa.


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