Ghana has a population of more than 27 million and is determined to improve and run its own eye care services.

Vision Aid Overseas is helping Ghana to achieve its goal; however there are still fewer than 300 eye care professionals for the entire population. That is why since 1989 Vision Aid Overseas has sent more than 200 volunteer optical professionals to Ghana to provide eye care and train local staff.

Our work in focus

Working in partnership with the Korle Bu Lions Trust, Vision Aid Overseas has built an optometric service at Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra, the capital of Ghana. The project was made up of a coalition of eye care organisations, led by world renowned Moorfields Eye Hospital. Since 2010 the Vision Centre has been operating at Korle Bu, providing eye tests and prescription glasses.

Making it happen

In 2015, the brand new purpose built eye unit opened to the public, allowing even more patients to be treated. The Vision Centre runs as a social enterprise - charging affordable amounts for eye examinations and prescription glasses. More than 3,000 patients a year are seen, and this is set to expand. Any surplus generated will be used to extend services outside the capital to remote areas. By working in partnership with other eye care organisations, Vision Aid Overseas can pool resources and maximise its impact.