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Increasing Cataract Surgey in Sub-Saharan Africa: Hilton Foundation Landscape Grant

Posted on August 8, 2011
Topic: Eye Care, ICO Programs and Initiatives
Region: Africa

The Johns Hopkins University has received a grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation to work with the ICO and others to undertake a “landscape analysis” of cataract surgical services in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). This project will identify specific activities and investments that can increase cataract surgical rates throughout the region.

The rate of blindness and visual impairment from cataracts in the SSA is high. This condition stems from a dearth of trained ophthalmic cataract surgeons, adequate infrastructure, and basic supplies. The low-density population also requires a different (or highly modified) approach than that used in high-density populations like India and Nepal.

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