• The country is politically stable
  • There are approximately 49 million inhabitants
  • 80% of the workforce is employed in agriculture
  • 67% of the population lives below the poverty line
  • It is heavily dependent on foreign aid
  • There is a lack of basic health care
  • The impact of HIV, malaria, low education and corruption impede the development of the country

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What does the Eye Care Foundation do?

Since 2009, the Eye Care Foundation supports the eye department of the Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre (KCMC) Hospital in Moshi. The support consists of primary skills training for first-year ophthalmology residents and educating staff members in various subspecialties. The KCMC was originally a private institution (a mission hospital) servicing the northern part of Tanzania. It acts as a tertiary hospital and is linked to the medical faculty of the Tumaini University.

Results 2019

In 2019, we supported one project which provides eye care services in four districts. Also, the eye care staff were trained: one medical doctor has been sent to the 3-year ophthalmology residency training, one cataract surgeon, two optometrists, and one nurse started a local professional training. A subspecialist trained the two ophthalmologists working in the Morogoro region in the subspecialty of orbital surgery.

A start has been made with the construction of the eye clinic in one of the districts. Due to the heavy rain and administrative staff changes, the construction could not be finished before the end of the year. 

A special workshop was hosted for 92 traditional healers, important basic health care providers for the local community, to discuss the consequences of maltreatment in eye care.

Tanzania office

Since April 2018, the Eye Care Foundation has a small office in Tanzania. Daniel Wilbard the project coordinator of Tanzania, reports to Yvonne Reifler, head of projects.