Vision for a Nation Foundation

Innovative Eye Care for Children in Ghana

Since 2018, VFAN has scaled its successful nationwide primary eye care programme in Rwanda to an ambitious eye care initiative in Ghana. Working with the Ghana Health Service, we will make public sector eye health services available and accessible to local communities, in health centres and schools.

Donations open 12:00 PM, 3 December 2019 to 12:00 PM, 10 December 2019

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (1140123)

Campaign target

£30,000

Amount raised

£30,010

Donations

75

Championed by Impact Fund

  • “When patients have had poor vision for a long time and then I give them glasses, it is like I am witnessing miracle after miracle…”

    — Pascal, a nurse at Mukono Health Centre, trained in PEC by Vision for a Nation.

  • “I thought ‘I am going to be blind forever.’ These glasses will be so helpful to me… I am so happy to feel more independent again.”

    — Constazia, 38, who received sight-restoring glasses through the VFAN PEC programme in Rwanda.

  • “Rwanda is leading the way in Africa by providing all its people with affordable eye care. This has been made possible by the great collaboration between the Government of Rwanda and Vision for a Nation, and an innovative approach to integrate local eye care services into our health system.”

    — Diane Gashumba MD, MMed, Rwandan Minister of Health

Situation

The World Health Organization estimates that 1.3 billion people suffer from vision impairment (VI), yet 80% of cases can be avoided or cured, often with a simple pair of glasses. VI is therefore the largest cause of disability worldwide, however low-income countries such as Ghana, which has 490,000 blind and visually impaired people, cannot afford to train sufficient ophthalmic personnel. The Upper East Region in particular, has few eye health professionals and no localised provision of glasses.

Solution

VFAN has launched a multi-year project to support the Ghana Health Service (GHS) to strengthen its primary eye care (PEC) services on a long-term and sustainable basis. The training of local nurses in eye care, support to deliver school screenings, and an eye health awareness raising campaign is already underway in Central Region. We are now ready to initiate Phase 2, in which we will support GHS to deliver PEC and school screening nationwide, starting in the marginalised Upper East Region.