Right to Sight in collaboration with Royal College of Surgeons, Dublin, Ireland




Establishing a cataract surgeon training center in Rift Valley, Kenya


The project

In Africa, an estimated 7 million people are blind as a result of cataract, and there is less than one ophthalmologist per million population. Right to Sight has been involved in over 20 cataract programs in Africa, including Kenya, where cataract is the leading cause of blindness. The programs support the development of high volume cataract surgery services specifically for the treatment of blinding dense cataract.

This project aims to train surgeons in high quality, high volume, small incision cataract surgery, and recruit trainees into the post-training surgeon support initiative. In addition, the XOVA funding will also be used to provide surgical equipment and data systems for the center, and Right to Sight surgeons to 'train the trainers'.



As of September 2013, the surgeon responsible for providing high-quality small incision cataract surgery (SICS) training to five candidates and following up with all candidates at regular intervals to ensure that surgical outcomes are satisfactory has been appointed. The first objective of renovating the operating theater at the Innovation Eye Centre to allow training has been completed. All the necessary equipment has been ordered and the trainees identified.

Last update September 2013.


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