In Uganda, ophthalmology is a neglected public health
sector, as limited resources are being invested in eye care.
There are only 37 Ophthalmologists in Uganda with a population of 40
million, which is less than 1 eye specialist per million of the
population; and one ophthalmic clinical officer per 205,000 of the
population, while there are only 2 ophthalmic nurses.
Half of all blind people who have lost their sight due to preventable
causes such as cataracts, could be treated, while 70% of children in
Uganda can be helped to see again at low cost, so there is hope given
the right support and investment into the sector. Eye Project Uganda was
set up by Primrose Magala, a Ugandan senior Ophthalmic Nurse at Londons'
famous Moorfields Eye Hospital, and author of ' The Eye Opener' book.
Eye Project Uganda, in collaboration with Lubaga Hospital, the Uganda UK
Health Alliance (UUKHA), Helping Uganda Schools (HUGS) and Abalon Trust
charities, aims to treat and reduce avoidable blindness.
Ultimately Primrose's dream is to build a proper eye care centre of
excellence in Uganda to teach more Ophthalmologists and Optometrists,
and to treat poor children and adults who do not have the financial
means to pay for treatment. Eye Project Uganda is already sponsoring 5
postgraduate opthalmology doctors, and HUGS has decided to fund 2
students a year up to 6 in 3 years, so pre centre of excellence
education is under way, and more funding and sponsors are needed.
Eye Project Uganda is also taking a team of Nurses and Doctors to
Uganda, which includes volunteers from Moorfields Eye Hospital, later in
2017 with the aim of treating 300 children and adults. This is part of a
programme of on-going eye camps which started with the treatment of
children in June 2017.
Funding is required for this and for future camps, whereby treatment can
cost some GBP 40 - for example for an assessment and eye drops or
spectacles; to some GBP 4,000 plus - for example for a corneal
With your support, we want to treat more underprivileged communities
especially children. We also want to reduce the current expensive