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.
We’re working in partnership with the Government of Ghana to strengthen the country’s eye care systems. Together, we’re successfully integrating eye health care services into the primary health care system, bringing much-needed services to previously underserved communities.
Working with local governments and health facilities helps to ensure the long-term sustainability of our programs. 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, the latter of which we established. Watborg Eye Services is currently 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.
For more details about our work in Ghana, download this document