The need for child eye health services in Ghana is immense. It is estimated that 9,000 children are blind, and up to 70% of these cases are avoidable. There are only two trained pediatric ophthalmologists in the country and no formal pediatric 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 addition, and thanks to our advocacy efforts, Ghana’s Minister of Health inaugurated a new building funded by USAID to house the eye department.

Thanks to your support we're improving skills and building capacity at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital and have increased the number of children accessing surgery by 51%.

Your support helped Kingsley see again

July 26, 2017

Two-year-old Kingsley developed bilateral congenital cataracts shortly after birth. His mother noticed he had difficulty opening his eyes in daylight. She didn’t realize though that this was the result of a serious condition until he developed a white spot in his right eye at age one.
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What we're doing next

We’re working to get the necessary equipment and supplies needed to develop truly sustainable sustainable eye care services. We’re continuing to partner with the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital to develop quality pediatric services in collaboration with the Himalayan Cataract Project, which focuses on adult services.

We are also focusing on advocating at the national, regional and local level to raise awareness around the importance of child eye health.

With your continued support we can help build a brighter future for the children of Ghana. 

Can you help improve access to quality eye care in Ghana?