Democratic Republic of the Congo

Photo: In DRC our main line of work is in supporting eye clinics and to reach the dramatically underserved rural population. Credit: Light for the World

Eye care in eight new districts

In the South of DRC, Light for the World supports four eye clinics, to make eye care available to the mostly rural population. In 2017, we extended our activities to eight new health districts. Eight nurses received scholarships to train as ophthalmic nurses in Kinshasa.

In the coming years, the Mbuji-Mayi eye hospital will relocate to a new building, offering more space and equipment to better serve the many people in need of treatment. This is another step towards providing eye care in a province with no less than 5.5 million inhabitants.

In 2017, 70,192 patients received treatment in the eye clinics supported by Light for the World. 3,217 cataract surgeries were performed.

Inclusive Education

In order to extend inclusive education, Light for the World works hand in hand with the Lubumbashi Catholic Schools Network. The project’s goal is to make sure that children with visual impairments are welcomed in regular schools and can fulfil their maximum educational and social potential. Currently, 142 vis- ually impaired children are attending regular schools and are being followed-up within the inclusive education project. In 2017, the two itinerant teachers in charge of the project received training in Tanzania on inclusive teaching methods. They are now training and raising awareness among school principals, teachers and parents about inclusive education.

DR Congo
Map: DR Congo
  • Area: 2,344,885 km2
  • Population: 81.3 million
  • Life expectancy: 57.3 years
  • Ophthalmologists: 79
  • Ophthalmologists supported by us: 5
Our local work areas: 
Jess Blijkers. Credit: Gregor Kuntscher

Your contact person for our eye health and NTD programmes: Jess Blijkers

+43 1 810 13 00 - 16
j.blijkers [at] light-for-the-world.org

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