Strengthening Ophthalmic Nurse Training in Botswana to promote UHC

Head of Ophthalmic Nursing Programme, Botswana

There is a global shortage of health care workforce, and this is especially acute in Africa. According to the WHO, nurses and midwives represent more than 50% of the current shortage in health workers. The shortage is also massive in the eye care sector, with a huge demand for ophthalmic nurses across the continent. A…

2018 in Review: IAPB Africa

Regional Programme Coordinator
Organisation: International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB)
2018 has been a fantastic year at the IAPB Africa office and our region as a whole. We’ve undertaken multi-level advocacy activities, held important workshops, seen the publication of the WHO AFRO Primary Eye Care Training Manual, moved the WHO Regional Core Competencies for Eye Heath Workers in the Africa Region document to the final…

IAPB Africa Editorial: Ophthalmic Nurses and Nursing Now

Regional Programme Coordinator
Organisation: International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB)

Ophthalmic Nurses (ONs) provide the backbone of eye health services in Africa, whether working alongside the surgeon in theatre, taking care of patients, running a busy OPD or, in many settings, working alone to provide eye health services in remote and underserved locations. With the number of ONs (and the Francophone ISOs) now in the region…

3 nurses, 1 walk and a global need for ophthalmic nurse resources

Project Officer, Lions Eye Donation Service
Organisation: Centre for Eye Research Australia

Raising funds to support ophthalmic nurse training is never easy, but perhaps, one step at a time – we can do something about it. In June, alongside nursing colleagues Sandy Burnett, USA (ORBIS volunteer and FHFNZ) and Lisa Buckland, AU (Eye Bank of Western Australia) we did exactly that, one-step at a time, joining thousands…

Africa Day: Bringing sight to Africa

Director of Communications & Fundraising
Organisation: Orbis Africa

For Africa Day, Helen White, Director of Communications and Fundraising, Orbis Africa writes about Ophthalmic Nurse Duncan Chimbila and how he is contributing to their efforts in Zambia, and the larger work that needs to be done in Africa to reduce the burden of avoidable blindness. 25 May 2017, Africa Day, marks the celebration of a…

Ophthalmic Nursing: Importance and Challenges

Ophthalmic nurse at the Tarkwa Municipal hospital, Ghana
Organisation: LSHTM

On International Nurses Day, Rebecca Antwi an ophthalmic nurse in Ghana writes about the importance of the work they do and its challenges. Image credit: Eye Unit Bawku Hospital, Community Eye Health Journal ‘An Ophthalmic nurse is a nursing professional that focuses on assessing and treating patients with a variety of eye diseases and injuries’.  With…

Celebrating International Nurses Day

Project Officer, Lions Eye Donation Service
Organisation: Centre for Eye Research Australia

I will spend International Nurses Day (IND) 2017 in the company of ophthalmic nurses at the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO) meeting in New Zealand. My colleagues from the Solomon Islands and I will be presenting there on the role of nursing and capacity development.  With New Zealand being the host…