Zambia has one of the lowest GDPs on the planet, with three-quarters of its population living in poverty. Tragically, it also has a large blind population and one of the highest rates of childhood blindness in the world.

Success in Zambia

We’ve been working with child eye health services in Zambia since 2010. We partnered with Zambia’s Ministry of Health to build capacity within its overburdened and under-resourced healthcare system. 

Our partnership with Kitwe Central Hospital led to the opening of a paediatric eye care centre to provide specialised treatment and services for children with complex sight problems. As the only facility in the country that is appropriately equipped and staffed for paediatric eye care, it has become a referral point for the whole country and beyond.

We're collaborating with hospitals in Zambia to strengthen their capabilities and resources to identify problems and manage patient follow-up care, so that children do not have to continually travel great distances for their check-ups.

What we're doing next

Orbis is developing community outreach programs in Zambia to ensure children in need are identified and given the best possible care as quickly as possible. We’re also running training programs to enhance skills in paediatric cataract and strabismus surgery, ophthalmic nursing skills and biomedical engineering equipment maintenance to ensure a robust and comprehensive eye care service for adults and children throughout the country. 

In North Western Province, we are focusing on increasing the cataract surgical rate and implementing trachoma control and prevention. In Copperbelt Province, we are expanding its child eye health programme from tertiary level to community, primary and secondary levels. In Lusaka, Orbis Africa’s Human Resources for Eye Health programme is ensuring that the right people, with the right skills, are in the right place at the right time.

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  • Kitwe Central Hospital
  • Solwezi General Hospital
  • University Teaching Hospital, Lusaka.