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Dr Susan Lewallen launched the Kilimanjaro Centre for Community Ophthalmology (KCCO) along with Dr Paul Courtright in 2001. KCCO has grown to be one of the biggest providers of research and high-quality eye care training in Africa since. Located in Moshi, a small city near Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, KCCO has full-time Tanzanian faculty and staff. KCCO’s programmes are improving eye care services throughout eastern Africa, a region with 210 million people in 18 countries spanning from Egypt to South Africa.

Dr. Susan Lewallen and Dr. Paul Courtright were presented with the prestigious International Blindness Prevention Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), the world’s largest association of eye physicians and surgeons.