Cameroon

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.

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 program to help lay the foundation for more opportunities to advocate for greater attention to eye care in the region. 

You helped Honorine see her grandchildren again

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 center for Francophone Africa. 

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