Improving eye care in Ghana

The Flying Eye Hospital first touched down in Ghana in 1990, with long-term country programs established by 2014. 209,000 people, out of a population of 30.8 million, are living with blindness, with a further 330,000 living with severe vision loss. Orbis works alongside partners to improve access to eye care, especially for children.

Ghana has a scarcity of trained pediatric ophthalmologists, so we have been working with local partners with a focus on pediatric eye care. School screenings have been prioritized to improve awareness and increase access to eye care services. Advocacy efforts have also played a key role in strengthening Ghana's infrastructure for eye health care.

Success in Ghana

Thanks to our amazing team, and by working alongside local health partners, Orbis has:

  • Supported the establishment or improvement of:
    • One pediatric eye hospital
    • 10 secondary hospitals
    • Two tertiary eye hospitals
  • Helped establish or strengthen 13 primary eye care units at different health facilities in 12 districts
  • Supported the expansion of eye health indicators in the national health management information system
  • Helped produce a Primary Eye Care Integration Model recognized as a sustainable and effective model for replication in other regions by the National Eye Care Unit
  • Contributed to the development of the new National Eye Care Strategic Plan by the Ghana Health Services
  • Helped establish a National Retinoblastoma Program
  • Helped integrate Primary Eye Care services in 13 districts in the Ashanti region
  • Supported the expansion of indicators in the Health Ministry Information System (HMIS) to ensure quality service data is available to support policy

Impact In 2021

  • 90,000 community

    eye screenings and examinations.

  • 7,800+ patient

    visits to eye care facilities.

  • 575 trainings

    for eye care professionals.

Refractive Error Among Children

The Refractive Error Among Children (REACH) project aims to reduce visual impairment due to uncorrected refractive error among school-going children and provide a sustainable and scalable solution to a shortage of care.

Orbis, along with our partners, develops teams of ophthalmic personnel and supports them with digital and clinical equipment to perform screenings in schools, and provide eyeglasses, as well as referrals for children who require further examination and treatment. This model has already been rolled out successfully in Bangladesh, India, and Nepal.

What We're Doing Next

We're working with partners to improve access to eye health at the community, primary, and district levels of the health and education system. We will continue to work with our partners to develop quality eye care in the country through:

  • Better integrating eye care into the health system overall
  • Raising awareness of the importance of eye care so that community members are more likely to seek it
  • Integrating eye health into the primary health services through the training of Community Health Officers
  • Strengthening the capacity of district hospitals to treat and refer children with eye health conditions appropriately
  • Ensuring school children are screened for refractive errors and receive the spectacles they need
  • Advocating to increase government and stakeholder support for the institutional development of eye care services

Thanks to Orbis supporters and partners, we've been able to improve access to eye care across Ghana, so that more children like Hakeema can get the care they need. But there is still much work to do.



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  • Ghana Health Service
  • Ashanti Regional Health Directorate
  • Ghana Education Service
  • National Eye Care Unit

If you are interested in working with Orbis to help improve the quality of life in communities around the world, please contact our dedicated Global Program team: [email protected].

We are especially looking for program partners in the field of pediatric eye care, trachoma elimination, strengthening human resources for eye health, gender equity, disability inclusion, internally displaced populations, and community-based primary care.

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