Ghana: Strengthening Eye Care and Ophthalmology Training
The Himalayan Cataract Project works to eliminate avoidable and preventable blindness while working with local partners to develop a sustainable national eye care system. HCP has worked with Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) in Kumasi, Ghana since 2006 to improve its eye care infrastructure and quality of care. Through this partnership, HCP worked with the USAID ASHA program to complete construction of a new 27,000 sq. foot eye hospital at KATH, inaugurated in February 2014. Within its first year, surgical output increased by 25% and continues to grow. With HCP support, the KATH Eye Center is expanding its cataract outreach services, enhancing its residency training program, and continuing to build comprehensive and subspecialty eye care services. HCP and Operation Eyesight Universal, under the leadership of Dr. Bo Wiafe, partnered in 2015 to expand cataract outreach services throughout Ghana. HCP is also working with staff and residents from Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra and Tamale Teaching Hospital in the Northern Region to provide ongoing educational opportunities.
In 2017, HCP saw significant growth in our programs in Ghana. The total number of surgeries performed by our partners in Ghana (both in-hospital and at an outreach setting) was 5,981. KATH specifically provided a total of 1,541 surgeries through HCP-supported outreach campaigns; this is more than double the 645 surgeries they provided in 2015. HCP also trained 28 ophthalmic personnel last year and provided infrastructure support in the from of consumables and ophthalmic equipment. Currently, we are working in collaboration with Ghana Health Service to implement a National Cataract Outreach Program to standardize outreach efforts and reduce the backlog of cataract blindness in Ghana. We expect our programs to continue to grow as our partners build capacity and increase their surgical numbers both at base hospital and during outreach events.
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