Vision Aid Overseas’ partnership with Optometry Giving Sight UK provides practical training to 70 university students in Ghana.


As the health sector in Africa faces a workforce crisis and health facilities are pushed to a breaking point, Vision Aid Overseas’ partnership with Optometry Giving Sight UK is helping to address the shortage of skilled eye care workers in Ghana, Ethiopia and Zambia by providing practical two-week training courses to optometry university students.

Since the partnership was signed between Vision Aid Overseas and Optometry Giving Sight UK in 2016 it has:

  •  Supported two training assignments to Ghana, one to Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology and the other to the University of Cape Coast

  • Delivered 8,100 practical training hours to 70 final year students in how to carry out eye tests

  • Helped to screen the vision of nearly 500 patients suffering from poor eye sight

  • Provided over 150 adults and children with prescription glasses to correct their vision

 

Anne Buglass, Director of Programmes, Vision Aid Overseas said:

We faced a few challenges this in 2016 with the civil unrest in Ethiopia which consequently lead to the cancellation of two assignments to support students at Gondar University Hospital and Hawassa Referral Hospital. Nonetheless, we were able to make a positive impact in our other core countries and we aim to resume our university training Programme in Ethiopia in October 2017, so that many more students like Kalkidan Getahun (picture on the left) can continue to benefit from further training and skill sharing sessions.

 

Clive Miller, CEO, Optometry Giving Sight Global added:

We hope that with increased education and awareness amongst the next generation of optometrists, these students will actively support the implementation of affordable eye care services once they are employed in government health services.