The orbis team in Ghana.

Ghana

The need for child eye health services in Ghana is immense. It is estimated that 9000 children are blind, and up to 70% of these cases are avoidable. There are only two trained paediatric ophthalmologists in the country and no formal paediatric training exists.

Success in Ghana

Orbis and our amazing partners created an 18-month program to help reduce childhood blindness and visual impairment by training ophthalmologists in child eye care. We have developed a plan to train Community Health Officers and introduce school screenings to build awareness and improve access.

In 2018 alone, we delivered:

Patient stories: treating Kingsley, Ghana, for cataracts

July 26, 2017

Two-year-old Kingsley developed bilateral congenital cataracts shortly after birth
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What we're doing next

We’re continuing to partner with the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital to develop quality paediatric services in collaboration with the Himalayan Cataract Project, which focuses on adult services.

Funded by Seeing is Believing, a Standard Chartered Bank initiative, we’re implementing four key interventions at community, primary and district levels of the health and education system to integrate eye health into the health system and drive demand for eye health services:

Working with Queen Mothers at the community level to improve awareness of eye health conditions and services available.

Integrate eye health into the primary health services through the training of Community Health Officers to identify, treat and refer children with eye health conditions.

Strengthening the capacity of district hospitals to treat and refer children with eye health conditions appropriately.

Ensure school children are screened for refractive error and receive the spectacles they need.

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