New eye doctors, new hope
Light for the World supports young African ophthalmologists in their studies, to address the chronic shortage of qualiﬁed medical staﬀ in rural areas. In 2016 and 2017, ﬁve Mozam- bican ophthalmologists graduated and four started working in previously underserved provinces. We also began supporting an eye clinic in the province Zambezia, where the highly motivated staﬀ already carried out four mobile outreaches, with at least eight planned for 2018. Our new eye clinic in Beira is the main referral centre for more than two million people in central Mozambique.
All across Mozambique, our partners conducted 2,314 cataract surgeries. In total we reached 197,989 people with eye care in 2017.
Inclusion in Education and Sport
Teachers who understand the needs and abilities of each child are key to a truly inclusive education system. Light for the World supports teacher training in inclusive education. In 2017, teachers from 33 schools from four districts in Sofala province beneﬁted from targeted training on inclusive education and are now helping children of all abilities in regular schools to get the education they need. 300 children with disabilities went to school in our projects in 2017. With support from the Austrian Ministry of Sports we set up an inclusive sports programme in the Province of Manica. With our four community-based rehabilitation programmes we supported 896 children with disabilities in 2017.
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.
- 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.