Ethiopia, the second most populous country in Africa with over 100 million inhabitants, has among the highest burden of visual impairment worldwide. Despite this huge burden, there are no adequate eye care services in most parts of the country and those existing are unsustainable, disease-focused vertical programmes with limited or no integration with the wider health system. Although there are cost-effective treatment strategies for eye care, there is insufficient evidence on how to implement these interventions to address the huge needs of communities in resource limited settings such as in Ethiopia. There is no adequate rehabilitation and support service for people with low vision. Low vision is a vision impairment that cannot be fully corrected by regular eyeglasses, contact lenses, medication, or surgery.
Eyu-Ethiopia works in all regions of the country to address these gaps by: (1) generating evidence through research, (2) building capacity of communities and eye care professionals and (3) integrating eye care service delivery into existing healthcare systems. We generate evidence on eye health challenges, management strategies and their impacts through epidemiological, clinical and implementation research. We empower and build the capacity of eye health and vision rehabilitation health workers by providing various on-the-job trainings and opportunities for eye care service delivery, vision rehabilitation and research in collaboration with local and international academic institutions. We implement an integrated and comprehensive eye care service delivery programme to reduce the burden of avoidable blindness and other non-vision impairing but disabling conditions by promoting awareness and integrating case identification and referral at all levels of the health care system.
We are also engaged in vision rehabilitation programmes to help restore the functional abilities and improve the quality of life of persons with low vision or blindness. We are also engaged in vision rehabilitation programmes to help restore functional abilities and improve the quality of life of persons with low vision or blindness.
We believe in collective efforts to achieve our goals. We work in conjunction with the Community, Federal and State Governments of Ethiopia, and partner with the Ministry of Health and Regional Health Bureaus, various governmental and non-governmental stakeholders, and other individuals and groups working on the same area within and outside Ethiopia.