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A Glaucoma Toolkit for Africa (Africa)

Webinars, recorded interviews & workshops
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We are launching the first Toolkit for Glaucoma Management in Sub-Saharan Africa co-developed by more than a dozen high level, renowned glaucoma experts and general ophthalmologists from the region. The toolkit builds on the important ICO Guidelines for Glaucoma Eye Care and counts with invaluable contributions from the International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO), the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB), the College of Ophthalmology for Eastern, Central and Southern Africa (COECSA), the Francophone African Ophthalmic Society (SAFO), the West African College of Surgeons (WACS), the African Glaucoma Consortium, the Ethiopia, Ghana, Nigeria and South Africa Glaucoma and Ophthalmological Societies, as well as the scientific community and major international training institutions.

This unprecedented and dynamic toolkit, developed and owned by African eye care professionals and glaucoma specialists, is instrumental to guide ophthalmologists, glaucoma specialists and glaucoma care team members and programme planners to set up integrated glaucoma care services adapted to their very own context and to strengthen the health systems sustainably. Its development was made possible thanks to funding from Light for the World and the Else Kröner-Fresenius-Stiftung.

The launch event will outline the development process of the toolkit and present its content to the audience, including learnings from piloting its use in Nigeria.

Topic: A Glaucoma Toolkit for Africa (Africa)

Date: Wednesday, March 10th, 2021

Time: 12:00pm GMT

Key topic areas:

  • Process and acknowledgment
  • Overview of the Toolkit
  • Implementation of the Toolkit
  • Technical/ Clinical Session


  • Toolkit Launch – Process and acknowledgment
  • Overview of the Toolkit – Recap on development, purpose, and intended outcomes of the Toolkit
  • Panel discussion with Q&A – Interactive conversation with clinicians who were part of the development.
  • Wrap Up


After you register, your attendee zoom link will be emailed to you on the day of the webinar by Zoom.

Any difficulties joining please email [email protected]

This webinar and the toolkit are financed by the Else Kröner-Fresenius-Stiftung

Else Kröner-Fresenius-Stiftung


Fatima Kyari

Fatima Kyari MBBS FWACS MSc PhD FNAMed

International Centre for Eye Health (ICEH)

Fatima is an ophthalmologist and clinical glaucoma lead at the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital. She is also the Director of the newly activated Institute for Medical Research and Training (IMRT), College of Health Sciences, University of Abuja. She is also an Associate Professor of Ophthalmic Epidemiology at the international centre for eye health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London (ICEH, LSHTM), leading the development of a new Africa Glaucoma Clinical and Research Network.

Fatima is the Co-Chair for IAPB West Africa and the Chair for the Glaucoma Society of Nigeria.

Daniel Kiage

Dr Dan Kiage

Kisii Eye Hospital

Dr. Dan Kiage embodies the goals and aspirations of Vision 2020. Dan started Kisii Eye Hospital in his hometown of Kisii in rural southwest Kenya in 2013. He founded the hospital as a social enterprise, focused on providing eye care to all in need, and eliminating preventable blindness among a target population of more than 5 million. In just a few years, the volume of surgery and the number of spectacles dispensed at Kisii Eye Hospital has increased exponentially and Dan’s team has been able to implement a cross-subsidization model that allows for those who can afford eye care services to subsidize the care of a majority of patients who incur little or no out of pocket cost.

Dan is committed to strengthening the eye care workforce in Kenya as well. He trains comprehensive ophthalmologists from around sub-Saharan Africa to perform high-quality safe cataract and glaucoma surgery. Perhaps most impressive is the commitment of Dan and his team at Kisii Eye Hospital to quality. The careful monitoring of surgical outcomes has led doctors, nurses, and the rest of the Kisii Eye Hospital staff to strive for excellence. Kisii Eye Hospital is now a model for how high quality eye care can be effectively delivered in rural Africa, a testament to Dr. Dan Kiage’s commitment to doing the best for his patients and to eradicating preventable blindness.

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Dr. Mohammed Abdull

Associate professor and consultant ophthalmologist in Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi, Nigeria. Trained as an ophthalmologist with the West African College of Surgeons and obtained Masters degree in Community Eye Health in University of London, a post graduate diploma in Community Eye Health in London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and a PhD in International Eye Health from University of London. Worked in the Nigeria National Blindness and Low Vision Survey Project and now working full time in research and clinical ophthalmology and reading science fiction in my spare time.

Prof. Komi Balo

Prof. Komi Balo

Komi Patrice Balo is the Chief Ophthalmologist at the Sylvanus Olympio Teaching Hospital in Lomé, Togo. He is a past President of the Societe Africaine Francophone d’Ophtalmologie and heads the ophthalmology training at the teaching hospital.

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Dr. Philip Phatudi, MD

Philip Phatudi, MD obtained his undergraduate medical training from the University of Pretoria, in South Africa in 2005. He was selected as one of ten candidates in the country to study his medical degree through a military scholarship. This involved becoming a soldier through the South African Military Health services, where he served initially with the rank of private, and later after his studies became an officer to the rank of Captain. During his studies he was involved in various student leadership structures, including being class President for 4 years out of the six -years of studies. At the end of his training, he was selected as 1 of 2 candidates to represent the University of Pretoria at the Sir Abe Bailey travel bursary fellowship. This was a young leader’s development programme which involved a two-week travel to the United Kingdom and Scotland.

After completing his medical degree, he served in the Military for his internship and compulsory community service years. His military duties included being deployed for three months as a medic to Burundi, to fulfill a peace keeping mission together with the African Union, serving over a thousand South African soldiers. After his return from Burundi, he worked as a Family physician in the field of HIV medicine, as well as in the Gold mines as an Occupational Family Physician at the Anglo Gold Ashanti hospital. He started his Ophthalmology career as a General Practitioner working in a rural hospital of Limpopo, and he was able to do hundreds of cataract operations during the cataract outreach programs in the Limpopo region.

He pursued his specialization in Ophthalmology at the University of the Free State, where he spent 4 years as a resident. After his training, he was awarded the ICO-World Glaucoma Association three months Fellowship, and spent three months in Helsinki, Finland, specializing in glaucoma. He also has a passion for community outreach programmes that aim at alleviating avoidable blindness from cataracts and glaucoma. He is actively involved in community awareness campaigns through radio station talks and arranging glaucoma campaigns. He is also a director of a Non- profit organization known as Hope for the Blind, which was initiated by one of his mentors.

He is a fellow of the Colleges of Medicine of South Africa. He also obtained his post graduate diplomas in Hiv Medicine, Occupational Medicine, and Ophthalmology. He is an executive member of the South African Glaucoma Society. He is also a member of the World Glaucoma Associate Advisory board. He is currently in full time private practice in Johannesburg. He was head of the glaucoma unit at the St John Eye Hospital in Johannesburg and was involved in training of residents and medical students.

He met his wife Precious Phatudi during their early years of medical training, and they decided to both go into the field of Ophthalmology and were fortunate to be granted residency posts at the same institution and at the same time. They are blessed with three handsome and outgoing boys who keep them on their toes. His passion involves the outdoors, hiking, camping, and playing tennis with friends and family.

Aaron Magava

Aaron Magava

My name is Aaron Thembinkosi Magava. I am an ophthalmologist and a Public Eye Health Expert based in Zimbabwe. My work primarily involves eye health administration, patient management and post graduate training at Marondera Provincial Hospital in Mashonaland East. Mashonalnd East Vision 2020 project which is a partnership between Ministry of Health and Child Welfare, Zimbabwe Council for the Blind and Christian Blinden Mission(CBM).

I am also involved in Eye Health Policy and Strategic document development for Sub Saharan African States as well as advising on Implementation Plans in Eye Health at facility level. This function is performed under several portfolios I hold. These include being the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness(IAPB) Chair for Sub Saharan Africa, as a member of the Eye Health Expert committee in the East Central and Southern Africa Health Community(ECSA-HC) which advises Health Ministers on areas pertaining to Eye Health Care, also as the CBM Inclusive Eye Health Initiative medical advisor for southern Africa and as a member of the National Prevention of Blindness Committee of Zimbabwe in the Ministry of Health.

I am a member of the Ophthalmological Society of Zimbabwe which is an affiliate of the College of Ophthalmology of East Central and Southern Africa.

Dr. Geoffrey Wabulembo

Dr. Geoffrey Wabulembo

Light For the World

Dr. Geoffrey Wabulembo is a global eye health expert and senior ophthalmologist with extensive experience in pediatric ophthalmology, clinical case management, human resource development, community eye health and strategic planning and evaluation. In recognition of his excellent results, he has received fellowships from eye health organisations including CBM, Light for the World and the College of Ophthalmologists, East Central and Southern Africa (COECSA) At Light for the World.

As chief ophthalmologist in Uganda, Geoffrey continued in his very humble and collaborative way to reach those who need it the most by advocating for more funded positions of ophthalmologists in the country.

In collaboration with international agencies he also pursued his mission in other resource constrained areas in the world. His journey even went as far as Papua New Guinea where he, supported by CBM, RANZCO and UNICEF successfully developed a structured training programme for ophthalmologists and pioneered a screening programme for retinopathy of prematurity.

Dr. Adunola Ogunro

Dr. Adunola Ogunro

Dr Adunola Ogunro Consultant Ophthalmologist, Glaucoma Specialist
Head Glaucoma Services, Eye Foundation Group of Hospitals, graduated with MBBS from U.C.H. Ibadan in 1986, a fellow W.A. C.S. in 1999. Joined Eye Foundation Hospital team in 1999. James Standerfer Glaucoma Institute Glaucoma fellowship 2002, AFER ARVO Host Researcher award in USA in 2008. Glaucoma fellowship with Prof Robert Ritch at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary in 2011. Lead Instructor Glaucoma Tool Kit- KeepSight project Training.

Dr Sadiq Mohammed Abdullahi

Dr Sadiq Mohammed Abdullahi

Dr AbdullahiI while my full name is Dr Sadiq Mohammed Abdullahi. I work as a glaucoma specialist and consultant ophthalmologist at National Eye Center Kaduna, Nigeria. My areas of expertise are medical, laser and surgical care of glaucoma as well as cataract surgery.

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Fisseha Admassu Ayele, MD, FCOECSA 

Assistant Prof in Ophthalmology,
College of Medicine & Health Sciences
University of Gondar
Gondar –Ethiopia

I did my ophthalmology training in Addis Ababa University– Ethiopia in 2010 and glaucoma fellowship in University of Alberta – Canada in 2013. I am currently residency program director in the department of ophthalmology at University of Gondar – Ethiopia. My responsibilities include clinical care for glaucoma patients, training of ophthalmology residents, optometrists (Bachelor and Master’s level) and ophthalmic nurses. My research interest includes epidemiologic studies in Glaucoma, clinical and genetic studies of pseudo exfoliative glaucoma in black population.  

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Dr. Kola Ogundimu

Senior Global Technical Lead at Sightsavers

Leading Sightsavers global technical team to set and implement organisational eye health strategic direction and to guide the development of effective programmes informed by best available evidence and good practice. Leading the global technical team to work with various country programmes and other teams to ensure eye health programme strategies are aligned and are strategically driven.

Selben Penzin

Dr. Selben Penzin

An ophthalmologist with the West African College of Surgeons and holds a master’s degree in public health for Eye Care (MScPHEC) from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. 

She works at the Sightsavers Nigeria Country Office in Kaduna, Nigeria, responsible for development of country level eye health plans for Nigeria and ensuring the strategic planning, implementation and coordination of eye care programs.  

Selben has a keen interest in eye health systems in Nigeria and currently coordinates the day-to-day activities of the glaucoma-oriented Allergan KeepSight project in Nigeria. She is committed to improving the glaucoma service provision in Nigeria. 

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