After three years studying towards a diploma in Optometry, on Thursday 20th September, six optometry students graduated from the Chainama College of Health Sciences, Zambia.


In partnership with the Specsavers Optical Group, Vision Aid Overseas has been working to improve access to optometry services in Zambia since 2009. To build local capacity in the country, in 2010 and  in partnership with the Ministry of Health Zambia, Vision Aid Overseas established an Optometry Technologist Diploma at the Chainama College of Health Sciences. Speaking about the graduate’s journey, Karen Edwards, Country Director of Zambia explained;

Although it was the smallest group of graduates so far, what they lacked in numbers they made up in achievements.

Of the six graduates, two received a credit pass, three received merits and one received a distinction.

Ms Edwards continued;

No other student on any course received a distinction so it was a great achievement for optometry and was a huge hit with the audience; both friends, families and invited guests.

During the graduation ceremony, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health gave a speech on behalf of the Ministry of Health, Zambia recognising Vision Aid Overseas’ support for the college over the past decade.

Ms Edwards concluded;

Plans are afoot for the college to be incorporated into the new Levy Mwanawasa Medical University and as a key stakeholder/partner Vision Aid Overseas have been invited to participate in the process