Increasing Access to Eye Care
Vision for a Nation has launched an ambitious programme in Ghana to provide affordable eye care services to communities across the country.
We are working in partnership with the Ghana Health Service, Operation Eyesight Universal and Vision Aid Overseas to deliver comprehensive national eye care programme. Our three organisations now share an office in Accra, now known as the 'Ghana Vision Hub'.
In 2019, the new VFAN Ghana team and a
group of senior Ghanaian eye health professionals developed and published the first Ghana Primary Eye Care Training Manual, adapted from the World Health Organisation Regional Office for Africa's template manual. The manual has a foreword
from Ghana’s Minister for Health, the Hon. Kwaku Agyeman-Manu.
A School Screening and Eye Health Awareness pilot was launched in the Central Region of Ghana in 2019. The VFAN Eye Health Team has trained various cohorts of the Ghana Health Service´s nurses in Primary Eye Care. The first screenings began in the Autumn of 2019. In Agona West District, 12,421 children and teachers had their vision screened by the GHS nurses who also delivered eye health awareness sessions. A similar programme also began in Ghana´s Upper East Region during 2019.
We had planned to scale up this work nationally from early 2020, however due to the COVID -19 pandemic, this has not been possible. See an update from our Chair, Catherine, about our progress during 2020 here.