It is estimated that nearly a quarter of a million Cameroonians suffer from blindness and 600,000 suffer from vision loss. Cataract contributes to nearly half of the cases of blindness in the country. Unfortunately, there is a lack of skilled human resources, infrastructure and equipment to adequately address eye care needs.
- Orbis and our partners are working to develop and strengthen human resource capacity of ophthalmologists, nurses and biomedical technicians
- We improve existing infrastructure
- We will work to strengthen procurement and inventory systems already in place
- Orbis and our partners will advocate with the national government for the implementation of a human resource for eye health plan
Orbis is just beginning our work with the tertiary facility, Yaoundé Central Hospital, to enhance quality, efficiency and accessibility of eye health services in the ophthalmology unit. We have a strong foundation and plan in place to grow our work in Cameroon.
Success in Cameroon
- Orbis conducted a Flying Eye Hospital program in Cameroon in 2013 to kick off a long-term commitment in the country
- His Excellency the Prime Minister and key government officials visited the program in 2013 to help lay the foundation for more opportunities to advocate for greater attention to eye care in the region