Uganda is the second most populous landlocked country located in East Africa. With approximately one ophthalmologist per million, Uganda’s need for reducing avoidable blindness has become an important part of VISION2020. Uganda was the first country in Africa to come up with a national plan, including the elimination of river blindness (onchocerciasis), which affects one-third of the nation’s districts. As a result of their efforts, Uganda has reduced transmission of the disease from eight out of eighteen endemic areas . Along with river blindness, the reduction of avoidable childhood blindness, and treatment of trachoma trichiasis are strategic initiatives of Uganda’s Vision2020 plan.
Seva’s partnership with Kilimanjaro Center for Community Ophthalmology in Uganda supports direct service care of medical treatments and surgeries for patients affected by trachoma, cataract, and other debilitating eye diseases. Seva’s overall goal for the Kilimanjaro Center for Community Ophthalmology /Seva Foundation partnership is to increase African eye health human resources and to improve the quantity and quality of services provided to people in greatest need. In 2013, Seva supported a leadership course for ophthalmologists and administrators from more than 10 countries in Africa, including two representatives from Uganda.
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