Vision Aid Overseas

Reducing visual impairment in Sierra Leone

To support the WHO Global Action Plan to reduce avoidable visual impairment through building capacity of the eye health workforce, developing eye care facilities and improving access to affordable services, so that quality of life improves for all communities, especially for women and children.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 28 November 2017 to 12:00 PM, 5 December 2017

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (1081695)

Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£26,050

Amount raised

£28,804

Donations

189

    Category

    Helping

Location

  • Taking temperatures had become difficult as the digital display was not clear, reading the blood pressure dial was a daily struggle and writing medical reports had become almost impossible without good light.

    — Fatimata, Sierra Leone

  • I can see clearly again and can now do my shift without struggling. I am so thankful!

    — Fatimata

  • Taking temperatures had become difficult as the digital display was not clear, reading the blood pressure dial was a daily struggle and writing medical reports had become almost impossible without good light.

    — Fatimata, Sierra Leone

  • I can see clearly again and can now do my shift without struggling. I am so thankful!

    — Fatimata

Situation

Whilst primary eye health is recognised in the National Health Sector Strategic Plan it is severely under-resourced. There are limited public services available (only 2 government run Vision Centres in urban areas for a population above 7 million), limited availability of affordable spectacles (with 52.3% of the population earning less than $1.90 a day), low uptake of spectacle use and few trained optometrists/optometry technicians in country (a total of 6 versus the Vision 2020 target of 144).

Solution

Vision Aid Overseas will continue to develop and strengthen eye care health services through; a)Supporting a network of sustainable eye care facilities (Vision Centres) that offer affordable spectacles b)Providing optical equipment and materials, that are maintained in the Vision Centres c)Developing human resources for eye health through training and professional support d)Undertaking community outreach work, including health promotion activities, to improve access to services for the poor