Vision for a Nation Foundation

Clear Vision for Ghana

We will strengthen and build Ghana's public sector eye health services and restore sight to people living with vision impairment. This project will replicate our highly successful work in Rwanda – where we have supported the Government to provide 2.5 million eye screenings and 180,000 glasses.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 4 December 2015 to 5:00 PM, 14 December 2015

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1140123)

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Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£15,000

Amount raised

£30,000

Donations

3

    Categories

  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing
  • Poverty Alleviation/ReliefPoverty Alleviation/Relief

    Helping

Location

Situation

The project will address the challenge of vision impairment (VI) in Ghana. People living with VI have reduced economic productivity, education outcomes and quality of life. Globally, 36 million people are blind, 217 million have distance-vision impairment and 1 billion have near-vision impairment. These figures indicate VI is the largest cause of disability worldwide. Within this total, 19 million children have VI; including 12 million with refractive error and 1.4 million with blindness.

Solution

VFAN will support the Government of Ghana to build and strengthen its own eye health services. The project will be delivered within a broader collaborative programme – with Vision Aid Overseas and Operation Eyesight Universal. VFAN will train primary-level health workers to deliver eye screenings at community and school levels. The health workers will dispense eye drops and reading glasses and refer all beneficiaries with more complex needs to eye specialists supported by our NGO partners.

  • Vision for a Nation has distributed innovative adjustable glasses for those with visual impairments in Rwanda. The glasses cost just ¬£1 for patients, and are giving some of the world‚Äôs poorest people back their sight

    — Right Hon Penny Mordaunt MP, Secretary of State for International Development

  • Rwanda is leading the way in Africa by providing all its people with affordable eye care. This has been made possible by the collaboration between the Government of Rwanda and VFAN, and an innovative approach to integrate local eye care services into our health system. The impact has been enormous.

    — Diane Gashumba, Minister of Health, Rwanda

  • We commit to take action towards achieving access to quality eye care for all, including eliminating blinding trachoma by 2020, which disproportionately affects women and children across the Commonwealth.

    — Communique of Commonwealth Heads of Government 2018

  • Vision for a Nation has distributed innovative adjustable glasses for those with visual impairments in Rwanda. The glasses cost just £1 for patients, and are giving some of the world’s poorest people back their sight

    — Right Hon Penny Mordaunt MP, Secretary of State for International Development

  • Rwanda is leading the way in Africa by providing all its people with affordable eye care. This has been made possible by the collaboration between the Government of Rwanda and VFAN, and an innovative approach to integrate local eye care services into our health system. The impact has been enormous.

    — Diane Gashumba, Minister of Health, Rwanda

  • We commit to take action towards achieving access to quality eye care for all, including eliminating blinding trachoma by 2020, which disproportionately affects women and children across the Commonwealth.

    — Communique of Commonwealth Heads of Government 2018