The establishment of a children‚Äôs Eye Care Centre at Gondar Hospital will provide quality eye care to children in the Amhara region, NW Ethiopia. We will train eye-care teams, develop outreach services and raise awareness of eye conditions and the work of the centre in surrounding rural communities.
It ran from 10:00 AM, 5 December 2011 to 4:00 PM, 22 December 2011
Registered Charity in England and Wales (1061352)
There are over 6000 blind children in this region. Children require specialised care for their delicate eyes and it is vital to treat their problems early to prevent permanent sight-loss. The lack of specialised training in developing countries means that children can rarely access the eye care they need. As a result they often face a lifetime of unnecessary blindness and are unlikely to go to school or join the workforce, leaving them dependent on their families, facing a lifetime of hardship
By training new paediatric eye care teams, creating and resourcing a specialised children‚Äôs eye care centre, and educating families in both urban and rural areas about the needs of children‚Äôs eye care, ORBIS hopes to give children in developing countries the chance to fulfil their potential, and have the bright, happy futures they deserve. At all times we will continue working with the Government to ensure that paediatric eye care is incorporated into future national health strategies.
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