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Kenya

Preventing avoidable blindness by building an eye clinic

Duration: 2019 to 2021

Local partner: Kingdom Faith Based Hospital

Kenya’s government has prioritised universal healthcare, including eye health in recognition of the significant needs of almost half the population who live in poverty.

Building an eye clinic at a new hospital in Malaha Village, Webuye, Western Kenya will significantly prevent avoidable blindness and vision impairment by increasing and improving the provision of eye care for vulnerable people living in poverty.

THE NEED

Over 43% of Kenya’s population lives in poverty. Western Kenya in particular has a high proportion of people living in poverty who face significant health challenges including eye diseases and conditions such as cataract.

Hospitals in Western Kenya are situated too far away for people seeking treatment for eye diseases such as cataract and uncorrected refractive errors. The cost of transportation is unaffordable for vulnerable people particularly those with disabilities, children and the elderly who live in poverty.

Early intervention and treatment in eye health is hampered by the isolation of rural communities, which also creates challenges for follow up appointments and checkups. Locating an eye clinic with a hospital in Malaha will improve access to much needed eye care. Provision of a vehicle will improve eye health and prevent blindness by making screening and follow up possible of the most vulnerable people living in poverty.

HOW WE ARE HELPING

  • Building an eye clinic at Kingdom Faith Based Hospital
  • Providing medical equipment and medical consumables for the clinic.
  • Providing an outreach van bringing mobile health care to vulnerable people living in poverty

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