GHANA

Our Work in Ghana

Operation Eyesight has been working to prevent blindness and restore sight in Ghana since 2006. Our programs are designed to provide a full range of eye health care services, allowing us to address common eye conditions such as cataract and uncorrected refractive error, as well as more complex cases such as diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma. Our partners provide the same quality level of care to all patients, regardless of age, gender, race or ability to pay.

Partnership with the Ghana Health Service has been a key part of our success bringing a full range of eye health care services to patients who previously faced barriers in accessing eye health care. Working with local governments and health facilities helps to ensure the long-term sustainability of our programs.

SDG3: Good health and well-being

To date, we have worked with 35 district hospitals, and we currently have active partnerships with three hospitals: Saltpond Government Hospital, Manhiya District Hospital and Watborg Eye Services. We established Watborg Eye Services in 2006 and the facility is operated by Dr. Boateng Wiafe, our technical advisor. Dr. Bo has completed thousands of cataract surgeries and provided training for hundreds of eye health care personnel in Africa.

Dr. Bo also served as principal investigator and lead researcher for the first ever Blindness and Vision Impairment study in Ghana, commissioned by Operation Eyesight. We developed a methodology and approach that is reliable and cost-effective, working with Ghana Health Service and other partners. The findings of this study helped us to determine the prevalence of blindness and vision impairment in Ghana, and plan and advocate for eye health in the country.

SDG3: Good health and well-being

2021 Impact

16,451

eye exams

2,671

sight-saving surgeries

1,176

pairs of eyeglasses dispensed

3,225

minor eye conditions treated

600

health workers trained in infection prevention and control

7

frontline eye professionals trained as trainers of primary eye care

29

nurses trained in primary eye care

For more details about our work in Ghana, download this document

Success stories from Ghana

Our current priorities in Ghana

We continue to work with government and hospital partners integrate eye health care into Ghana’s primary health care system.

By training staff and equipping Ghana’s eye health workforce, we are helping ensure the delivery of quality and sustainable eye health services 

Our school eye health screening programs ensure that children and their families have access to the eye health care that they need.

How can you help

Contact us today to learn more about philanthropy opportunities in Ghana.