To provide the people living in the remote Akamba tribal region in Eastern Kenya with an eye clinic facility which will enable access to the detection of preventable eye diseases such as cataract, glaucoma and trachoma and thus help reduce the numbers of people needlessly going blind every year.
It ran from 10:00 AM, 5 December 2013 to 5:00 PM, 18 December 2013
Registered Charity in England and Wales (1083554)
Access to affordable eye care remains a significant challenge to people in remote communities meaning that many preventable diseases go undetected. The WHO estimates that almost 2% of Kenyans are blind or visually impaired and cataract alone accounts for as many as half of these cases. Once detected, cataract can be readily treated with surgery at any stage, however other diseases such as glaucoma and trachoma need to be detected early in order to minimise the long-term effect on vision.
The Eastern Kenya Family Eye Clinic will be located in the heart of the Akamba region, making it accessible by a large population. The building will be sited on the grounds of an existing health centre, a familiar location for people in a wide catchment area, which already has mains electricity and water. The building will provide a dedicated consulting room containing the necessary equipment to enable accurate assessment of the eyes for diseases and refractive errors requiring glasses.
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