Surrounded by some of Africa’s most beautiful landscapes, Zambia has only 48 qualified optometrists for a population of 16 million people.


To help address the shortage of eye care workers and access to affordable eye care services, Vision Aid Overseas has been working in Zambia since 1999.


Our work in focus

Working in partnership with the Specsavers Optical Group, Ministry of Health and other partners, we continue to support the development and delivery of affordable eye care services across the country. In Zambia, we have so far been able to;

  • Develop a diploma course in Optometry at the Chainama College of Health Sciences in Lusaka

  • Establish eleven Vision Centres; one in each province across Zambia

  • Support community eye care services, enhancing the skills of Ophthalmic Nurses and Ophthalmic Clinical Officers to be able to refract patients and dispense glasses.

  • Provide continued professional development training to Optometry Technologist graduates from Chainama College to reinforce their clinical skills as they transition from college to work

  • Develop a centre of excellence at Chainama College of Health Sciences to support and inspire all the Zambian Vision Centres