Tanzania

  • 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

Latest news from Tanzania

  • World Sight Day around the world

    World Sight Day (WSD) is an annual day of awareness held on the second Thursday of October, to focus global attention on blindness and vision impairment. The... more

  • World Sight Day is almost here

    World Sight Day (WSD) is an annual day of awareness held on the second Thursday of October, to focus global attention on blindness and vision impairment. World... more

  • First ECF eye camp in Tanzania very successful

    The first eye camp of the Eye Care Foundation in Tanzania was very successful. Eye camps make it possible to provide eye care to the most... more

What does the Eye Care Foundation do?

The Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre (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.

Since 2009, the Eye Care Foundation supports the eye department of the KCMC Hospital in Moshi. The support consists of primary skills training for first-year ophthalmology residents and educating staff members in various subspecialties.

Key objectives

  • Improved support for the ophthalmology training programme in the Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre (KCMC)
  • Providing support to ophthalmologists of various subspecializations in the KCMC
  • The donation of study materials and instruments to the KCMC

Project coordinator Tanzania

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.