What are the eye health problems in Afghanistan?
Less than half of the population has access to a safe water supply and around 37% of the population live in poverty.
Approximately 465,000 people in Afghanistan are blind, with high levels of cataract
The vast majority of the population have limited access to eye care services, as most of the ophthalmic workforce is based in major cities. This means that eye care services are mainly provided by international NGOs rather than through the public health system.
The lack of trained eye care personnel is a key barrier to people receiving the help they need and the current levels of staff are well below the minimum World Health Organisation standards.
The Foundation's eye health programs in Afghanistan
The Foundation began work in Afghanistan in 2006, and we work with local partners to incorporate eye care into primary health care systems and to develop secondary eye care centres at provincial and district levels.
We focus on training so that local medical workers can service the high demand for eye health services, making the eye care system sustainable.
University Eye Hospital project
The Foundation is working with the Ministry of Higher Education, the Kabul Medical University and the Kabul University Eye Hospital which is the second largest public eye hospital in Afghanistan.
We’re focusing on training an eye care workforce that will deliver quality and accessible eye care services to underserved and war ravaged communities in Afghanistan.
The project also aims to strengthen eye health service delivery, teaching and training at the University Eye Hospital, to build the capacity of the public health system in and assist in the control and prevention of avoidable blindness.
Our future projects include working closely to help coordinate, plan and implement a national plan of action and to further support the eye health sector and the Ministry of Health.
We're making significant progress
Thanks to some great work with our partners, we achieved a lot in 2021 in some of our key strategic areas:
- Screened 31,134 people
- Performed 2,567 cataract operations