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. 

Alexandre can see again thanks to your support

June 27, 2017

Alexandre, a 77-year-old gentleman from Cameroon, had terrible luck with his eyesight. The first incident occurred 15 years ago while working as a builder, when he was struck in the left eye by a hammer. He visited a local hospital, where they tried to save his eye, but the surgery was unsuccessful.
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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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