remained a neglected discipline in Uganda, Eye Project Uganda will try
to bridge this divide by advocating for aid and partnership with local
and international organisations towards providing free ophthalmological
care, high quality staff, state-of-the-art care, and a wide scope of
services in Uganda.
Gaps to bridge
in the provision of Community Based Eye Care Services include:
Minor Eye Conditions
Low Vision Provision
Special needs eye
To have a large number of
Community Based Eye Care Services running locally, ideally with a region
wide protocol to enhance patient access.
The 3 important
tenets of the project:
Preventive, diagnostic and curative/therapeutic:
This will involve setting
up community teams dedicated to eye screening and health education with
the aim of helping reduce avoidable blindness. This will lead to forming
a referral system and update the databases. This will either be regional
(eye camps) or national (eye hospital/ telemedicine/ helpline centre).
A range of diagnostic equipment will be provided to the eye camps
through our international and local partners, based on the cost, demand
and expertise required, we will create a system for timely diagnostics
in eye care (tele-medicine tele-ophthalmology). The eye camps might not
be equipped with similar equipment however operations must remain
This requires a team, treatment infrastructure-operating rooms,
operating equipment, laser, pharmaceutical supplies (medicines and
sundries). There are existing challenges obtaining eye related sundries
in the country. I believe while each centre should be able to handle the
basic conditions (we could agree on these at some point); we should work
at creating centres of excellence within them over time. Ultimately, the
eye hospital should overcome these challenges.
capacity building through funding and training of local nurses, doctors
and ophthalmic clinical officers (allied healthcare professionals) to
aid sustainability of the project beyond its funding period. Support
pre-existing institutions to train the
initial lot of professionals as we gradually develop capacity within our
own facilities to offer training for the different professional levels.
Student sponsorship, to
give them the opportunity to do elective placements at centres of
excellence around the world to expose them to best practice.
Build the database for reference, call for proposals,
create a research fund, and increase visibility of publications from the
region especially in the field of ophthalmology.
Need to identify a hospital or medical
centre/base to aid cooporation and establish a working relationship.
- Western region
- Central region
Marginalised communities; men, women and
children living around the poverty line and suffering from eye diseases
will be examined in OPD, refracted, medicated or operated as
appropriate. This service will be mainly free (sponsorship support).
The organisation aims to build a Ugandan
eye hospital that will provide part free service to Uganda and also help
service the need of neighbouring countries like Rwanda, Tanzania,