Vision Aid Overseas

Expert Optometry Training and Eye Care in Zambia

Appointing a Course Mentor at the Optometry School in Chainama College will improve both access to and the standards of eye care in Zambia. With expert teachers, optometry and other eye health students will be better equipped to treat patients and prevent unnecessary eye health complications.

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It ran from 10:00 AM, 6 December 2012 to 5:00 PM, 19 December 2012

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There are over 120,000 blind people in Zambia and 3 million people suffering from uncorrected refractive error; with a population of over 14 million, almost one in four individuals need the help of an optometrist. Yet Zambia’s National Strategic Eye Health Plan 2012-2015 states that there is approximately one ophthalmologist per 1 million of the population and no full time optometry lecturers. This severe shortage results in poor eye care services and millions of preventable eye health issues.


Appointing an Optometry Course Mentor will greatly increase the standard of optometry teaching in Zambia. Utilising their expertise and experience, the individual will ensure that teaching staff, optometrists and other eye health professionals are knowledgeable and well qualified. Improving teaching will have a demonstrable impact on the standard of eye care facilities in Zambia. Patients will receive exemplary care and treatment, lowering the rate of uncorrected refractive error and blindness.