In 2010, MWIDEFU requested Kilimanjaro Centre for Community Ophthalmology (KCCO) to initiate Direct Referral Site (DRS) visits to Mwika by ophthalmologists from the Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre (KCMC), a regional hospital located in Moshi. Thus far, KCMC has held four free eye clinics at Msae Health Centre and Uuwo and Shokony health clinics.
Villagers are given visual acuity test and are examined by ophthalmologists for eye infection.
Eye drops are sold for $0.75 and reading glasses for $4.00. Villagers who are suspected of cataract and opt to be operated on are taken to the hospital that same day to be operated on the following day. The cost to the patient is $20.00, all-inclusive.
The day after the surgery, providing there are no complications, which is relatively rare, these patients are returned to their homes.
526 villagers in Mwika have been screened
35 villagers were diagnosed as potential cataract cases, of whom
20 cases have been operated on.
Read related articles
July 2, 2010 issue of the Daily News in Tanzania: “No, you don’t have to go blind with cataract in old age. Not anymore.” (http://dailynews.co.tz/columnist/?n=11373&cat=columnist)
July 10, 2010 issue of the Daily News in Tanzania: “Cataract operations’ outcome and outreach programmes.” http://dailynews.co.tz/columnist/?n=11576&cat=columnist)
This project has been made possible with the support of
Kilimanjaro Centre for Community Ophthalmology (KCCO) and
Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre (KCMC)