Building an eye clinic is the first step in making good eyesight possible for everyone Compared to The Netherlands, with 618 eye doctors, Zambia has only 25 eye doctors. There is also a huge deficency of opticians. Good qualified eye care is not available, literally and figuratively, due to high transportation costs and long distances.
The eye hospital
Building an eye hospital in Zambia offers even the poorest of people life changing treatment. The hospital can provide cataract operations, glasses and preventive treatment of trachoma. The hospital can also facilitate the screening of school children for this curable disease. And further the possibliites of a national rehabilitation program for people with low vision would be investigated.
A training hospital
The eye hospital will also function as a place to train interested, capable and local Zambians. This is the heart of our work. Training Zambians gives them a means to support themselves as well helping in their own environment. The purpose is ultimately to train one Zambian to train another. When one area has one eye professional then a second, third and fourth could also be trained.
Together we are stronger
Where possible the eye clinic will work together with other eye hospitals and organisations active in Zambia. We want to help each other with knowledge and experience so that the eye care in Zambia can grow and improve. Eye For Zambias ultimate purpose is that eventually the eye clinic would be placed in the hands of the local Zambians. Eye For Zambia will continue to visit the clinic annually to help with coaching and support where necessary.