The Challenge

The need for child eye health services in Ghana is immense. It is estimated that 9,000 children are blind, of which between 50 to 70 percent of these cases are avoidable. There are only two trained pediatric ophthalmologists in the country and no formal pediatric ophthalmology training exists.

Our Response

  • Orbis and our partners created a program to contribute to the reduction of childhood blindness and visual impairment by training ophthalmologists in child eye care
  • Orbis is working to procure necessary equipment and supplies identified to develop sustainable eye care services
  • We advocate at the national, regional and local level to raise awareness around the importance of child eye health

 

Our Presence

We are working with the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital to develop quality pediatric services in collaboration with the Himalayan Cataract Project, which focuses on adult services.

Success in Ghana

  • We developed an 18-month training plan in conjunction with all partner institutions
  • Ghana’s Minister of Health inaugurated a new building (funded by USAID), which houses the eye department
  • We have identified opportunities to build capacity by training eye care professionals in pediatric ophthalmology and anesthesiology