Eye for Zambia will help with training local professionals
Postponement of treating eye problems is often the result of a poor infrastructure and an insufficient number of qualified people. At this time there is a shortage of eye care professionals in Zambia. Training the local people, at every level, is the most lasting and structural solution to ensure eye care for everyone.
43% of Zambians with cataract are unaware that they can be treated
Eye For Zambia’s ultimate goal is to educate Zambians so that they in turn can educate others Zambians. When one region has a qualified eye professional, then it won’t take long before there are 2 , then 4 and so forth. We are aiming for a minimum of 3 people in the examination room- a teacher, a student and patient. An education can enlarge a person’s chances which can greatly impact his life. An education provides a job where a whole family can benefit from. There is enough money to buy food, and to pay for the children’s schooling,
Eye for Zambia's goal is that the eye clinic would be completely run by local professional Zambians, Eye For Zambia will visit the clinic annually to evaluate and help where necessary
Who will be trained?
Health care professionals: are the most important link between the patient and the clinic. They inform people, detect eye problems and refer people to the clinic.
Opticians: they determine if glasses would help the person and if necessary make the glasses
Ophthalmic nurses and optometrists: They can independently treat simple eye problems and determine if a cataract operation is necessary. They also give valuable information to people.
Eye doctors and ophthalmological clinical specialists: they can determine what needs to be done and do it. Treatment could be giving medicine as well as performing a cataract operation or eye lid surgery.
Low vision specialists: an ophthalmic nurse can lead a rehabilitation program for people with an untreatable eye condition.