High Volume Cataract Campaigns with Skills Transfer and Capacity Building
In the effort to eliminate blindness caused by cataracts in Ethiopia, WEEMA International (WEEMA), partner Himalayan Cataract Project (HCP), local hospitals and government partners have collaborated to implement high volume cataract campaigns annually in SNNPR. The objectives being achieved are: • To treat curable blindness caused by cataract using high-quality, cost effective surgical methods. • To build capacity of existing eye care services through skills transfer.
Annually, each cataract surgical campaign includes the following main activities: • Community mobilization and screening to identify cataract cases throughout the rural kebeles in the target Zone in the weeks preceding the cataract surgical campaign. • Logistic arrangements for transportation to and from the hospital and accommodations for all patients during the one week cataract surgical campaign. • Mobilization of equipment and consumables for all surgeries during the campaign. • Small incision cataract surgery (SICS) for adult and pediatric cases at the hospital for one week. • Skill and knowledge transfer by visiting experts from elsewhere in Ethiopia and abroad to local health professionals during preparation, screening, surgical and post-operative activities. HCP provides technical support for all campaign activities, and their specialists build capacity of local hospitals’ eye care staff and services through skills transfer and provision of consumables.
To date, high quality cataract surgeries (SICS) have been performed for over 4,000 patients during five cataract surgery campaigns.
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