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Photo: Eye surgery at Beira clinic

New eye clinic for 2 million people

With the opening of our new Invicta Eye Clinic in Beira in 2017, we are taking a big step towards providing affordable and accessible eye care for people in central Mozambique. The old clinic has become too small to accommodate and treat the huge number of patients seeking help. The new clinic, with resources to reach two million people in the region, also operates as a training centre for eye care staff, since human resource development is a major issue outside the capital.

In 2016, our partners conducted 1,426 cataract operations and 790 eyelid operations to treat advanced trachoma, on site as well as during mobile outreaches to remote areas. In total we were able to reach 183,902 people in 2016.

Cataract Surgical Rate per million inhabitants per year: from 181 in 2003 to 340 in 2015


Ophthalmologists in Mozambique: 5 in 2005, 11 plus 7 in training in 2016

Light for the World has supported the training of ophthalmic technicians, and since 2005 their number in the country increased from 19 to 184 (57 trained with support from Light for the World). In the coming year we will take the first steps to engage in local residency training in ophthalmology, to increase the number of eye care specialists in the country. It is our goal that by 2020, young Mozambican doctors who want to specialize in ophthalmology can do so in their home country.

Ophthalmic clinical officers in Mozambique: 19 in 2005, 184 in 2016

Featured Project: Scholarships for Opthalmologists

Health infrastructure in Mozambique continues to improve, though the scarcity of adequately trained human resources for eye care services remains a major challenge for the Mozambican Ministry of Health (MISAU). 

To meet Mozambique’s National Vision 2020 Plan requirements, 58 ophthalmologists, or 1 per 500,000 inhabitants are needed, though only the capital Maputo currently meets this quota with 6.

 Mozambique has only 25 ophthalmologists to serve 25 million people. At least 58 ophthalmologists are needed.

Project Activities

  • The most recent intake of 4 more students in 2016 contributes to the postgraduate training of 10 new Mozambican ophthalmologists by 2020.
  • The mid-term perspective in human resource development for the next few years is to support the ophthalmology training in Maputo, Mozambique, instead of sending doctors abroad, to increase the quality and quantity of training domestically.

Partner: Ministry of Health of Mozambique (MISAU) and its Provincial Authorities
Time frame: 01.09.2016 – 31.03.2021
Budget: € 90,000 annually


  • 4 ophthalmologists finish their studies in 2020
  • During their studies they provide cataract operations and ophthalmic treatment at mobile outreaches.
  • An additional 16,000 consultations and 800 surgeries per year are enabled
  • By 2020, the local ophthalmologist training in Maputo has updated its curriculum and is adequately established.

>> Download the project brief (pdf/a) here

Map: Mozambique
  • Area: 799,380 km2
  • Population: 25.8 million
  • Life expectancy: 63.6 years
  • Ophthalmologists: 24
  • Ophthalmologists supported by us: 8
Zacarias Zicai

Country Representative for Mozambique: Zacarias Zicai

+258 23 312 797
z.zicai [at]

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