Healthy students, healthy futures

Thanks to the generosity of our partners and donors, these students now have access to clean, fresh water. This in turn has helped improve attendance. Photo: Zenegnaw Adimtew / Partners in Education Ethiopia.

Every parent wants their child to be safe, happy and healthy at school – Abichikili Secondary School is no exception.  It’s one of five schools across Ethiopia’s state of Amhara where the attendance rate for girls decreases each year due to inaccessibility of clean water and bathroom facilities.  “Students had to walk for more than… Continue reading Healthy students, healthy futures

Q&A with Governor of Elgeyo-Marakwet County, Kenya 

Operation Eyesight President & CEO Kashinath Bhoosnurmath was honoured to receive a rungu, a traditional symbol of leadership from among the Kalenjin community, from His Excellency Wisley Rotich, the Governor of Elgeyo-Marakwet County. Without the government’s partnership, these projects wouldn’t be possible.

The March 2023 opening of the new operation theatre at the eye unit at Iten County Referral Hospital in Elgeyo-Marakwet County, Kenya was a milestone for the entire community, bringing patients living in surrounding areas more access to advanced eye health care than ever before.   It was made possible through partnership between Operation Eyesight and… Continue reading Q&A with Governor of Elgeyo-Marakwet County, Kenya 

Making eye care part of health systems

Putting people first – Integrated Peoplecentred Eye Care (IPEC) is the gold standard in global eye health and has been a key part of our approach for decades. Understanding the unique needs, preferences and values of individuals and communities allows us to strengthen health systems in villages like Hong, in Arunachal Pradesh. Here, the vision centre is part of the local wellness centre.

Today, we are one of the few nongovernmental organizations partnering with the Government of India to open vision centres in existing government health facilities, bringing quality eye health care to underserved communities. Together, we are establishing and equipping vision care facilities, training existing healthcare staff and developing a continuum of care for patients – from… Continue reading Making eye care part of health systems

Global community in action

I was recently in Kenya and Zambia, where I saw first hand the impact we are having, together.In Kenya, I attended the grand opening event for the new operation theatre at Iten County Referral Hospital’s Eye Unit in Elgeyo Marakwet County. The facility’s design and construction meet international standards and will offer access to comprehensive… Continue reading Global community in action