Eye Bank of Ethiopia Celebrates 15 Years of Service

Communications Manager
Organisation: Himalayan Cataract Project

Partners in eye care, Orbis International, Himalayan Cataract Project and SightLife honor milestone for the highest volume eye bank in sub-Saharan Africa. For the past 15 years the Eye Bank of Ethiopia has worked tirelessly to reverse corneal blindness in the country through the collection and processing of donor corneas. Founded through an agreement between…

Kellogg-led ophthalmology resident programme grows in Ethiopia

Communications Manager for Global REACH
Organisation: University of Michigan Medical School

Only a few years old, a nascent ophthalmology residency programme at Ethiopia’s St. Paul Hospital Millennium Medical Center in Addis Ababa is growing both in size and scope. Established in 2015 in partnership with the Kellogg Eye Center for International Ophthalmology, the programme welcomed their third class of residents in 2017, bringing the number of resident trainees to…

LSHTM to lead research project for trachoma elimination

The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) is an alliance of civil society organisations, corporates and professional bodies promoting eye health through advocacy, knowledge and partnerships.
Organisation: IAPB

The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine is to lead a major new research project that aims to accelerate the elimination of trachoma. Stronger-SAFE is a £3.9m Wellcome Trust funded project that will increase the understanding of how trachoma is transmitted, and hopefully lead to the development and testing of new, more effective interventions and treatment…

Record-breaking numbers of surgeries and drug distributions result in trachoma decline

Communications Manager
Organisation: IAPB

A Trachomatous Trichiasis  (TT) Case finder examines a child’s eyes in Kenya’s Mara district. An increase in surgeries and drug distribution programmes are contributing to a steady decline in trachoma prevalence, the latest progress report from the World Health Organization Alliance for the Global Elimination of Trachoma by 2020 (GET2020 Alliance) shows. The WHO Weekly Epidemiological Record,…

Vision Aid Overseas launches urgent Appeal for Ethiopia

Communications Manager
Organisation: IAPB

Vision Aid Overseas has launched an urgent appeal to help train and support 20 final year optometry students at Hawassa University College of Health and Medical Sciences in Ethiopia. With fewer than three qualified optometrists per million in Ethiopia, the charity is seeking to raise a minimum of £9, 950 to help provide essential practical…

Africa Day : The Remoteness of Eye Health in Ethiopia

Content Manager
Organisation: The Fred Hollows Foundation

For Africa Day, Matthew Smeal, Content Manager, The Fred Hollows Foundation recalls a recent trip to Oromia Province in Ethiopia documenting the work of their teams working to screen for trachoma and surgically treat trachiasis. Large grey rocks blanket the road and surrounding area, creating a barren, moonlike landscape. It is basalt, left over from volcanic eruptions…