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 reach183,902 people 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.