Doctor outside front of eye clinic testing young patient’s eye sight in Zimbabwe.

Preventing blindness in Northern Zimbabwe

Country: Zimbabwe
Category: Saving sight

The World Health Organisation estimates that there are as many as 125,000 blind people living in the two districts of Manicaland and Mashonaland West in Zimbabwe. An estimated 60,000 people could have their sight restored through cataract surgery, but the collapse of Zimbabwe’s economy has meant that for the vast majority, these services are simply out of reach.

CBM is working with the Zimbabwean Council for the Blind and Zimbabwean Health Ministry to dramatically increase the number of adults and children accessing sight-saving eye treatments in Mashonaland West & Manicaland, for example delivering a five-fold increase in the number of cataract surgeries for adults and doubling the number of children who are seen by eye specialists. The programme is resourcing and equipping three hospital eye departments, including one children’s eye unit, and is on track to deliver eye health services to over a million people during the next 3 years.

This project is supported by a USD 1 million grant from Seeing is Believing, a collaboration between Standard Chartered and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness.

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