Dr Frank Sandi on behalf of the University of Dodoma Teaching Hospital

 

Aim

To establish the first community eye center in Chemba District, Tanzania

 

The project

Despite major improvements in health care in Tanzania, no funds have been allocated to support eye care services in rural areas of the country, where approximately 80% of the population reside. Despite the available eye unit in Dodoma, the distance to the hospital and the cost of services continue to prevent the majority of villagers from accessing eye care. Therefore, this project will fund the country's first community eye center in Chemba District, home to 350,000 individuals. Community eye centers are stand-alone facilities serving rural populations that are staffed by ophthalmic technicians and provide a full range of services, including teleophthalmology.

This initiative will provide local primary eye care and a referral pathway to the base hospital for eye treatment and surgery. The center will also pilot the use of e-health (a forum where clinical assistance can be sought through the internet) through a virtual online working hub, thereby generating evidence on the effectiveness of this model to encourage the Ministry of Health to support country-wide expansion.

 

 

  • Unmet Need- Blinding Cataract.

    Unmet Need - Blinding Catact

  • Regional health care officials in One of planning meeting

    Regional health care officials in One of planning meeting

  • Patients who received Surgery in one of the outreach in Chemba

    Patients who received Surgery in one of the outreach in Chemba.jpg

  • Need for Optical services-Broken Specs

    Need for Optical services-Broken Specs

  • During advocacy for Eye healthy in Chemba-Need for Eye care

    During advocacy for Eye healthy in Chemba-Need for Eye care

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