Ghana in West Africa is a beautiful country of plains and low plateaus covered in savannah and rainforests. Its beauty, like so many sub-Saharan countries, is marred somewhat by the reality of its living conditions. Of its 24 million people, more than 200,000 are blind, most from avoidable causes. A significant percentage of its population struggle to meet their basic needs of food, shelter and clothing.
We choose to work in Ghana because the need is great and because of the leadership of one of Africa’s leading ophthalmologists, Dr. Boateng Wiafe, who serves as our Director of Quality and Advocacy.
In 2006 with our support, Dr. Wiafe founded Watborg Eye Services, a private hospital specializing in eye services in Ghana’s Central Region. In 2012, we opened a new Watborg facility thanks to our dedicated donors. Watborg serves about one million residents in the surrounding area, with the goal of expanding its reach over time.
- Over 7,200 people visited Watborg for consultation services
- Over 500 people were provided with brand new prescription eyeglasses
- 711 surgeries were performed to restore eyesight
Operation Eyesight is also working to strengthen the eye care systems of Ghana’s Central and Western Regions. With our ongoing partnership with Standard Chartered Bank’s Seeing Is Believing program and past support from the Government of Canada, Watborg Eye Services serves as a base and referral centre to provide technical and financial support to 35 district hospitals.
In 2015, we:
- Educated over 800 health care workers about primary eye care
- Performed over 8,000 operations to restore or preserve sight
- Reached 2.9 million people with a blindness prevention awareness campaign
With the help of our generous donors, we’re saving sight and restoring vision in Ghana. Please help us give more people the gift of sight!