World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that there are over 250,000 diabetics in Kenya. Ministry of Health estimates that there may be over 800,000. Surveys done five years ago suggested that 2 in 5 diabetics in Kenya may be at risk of visual loss.
Further, majority of these at visual loss will present when it is too late to salvage any vision. Several barriers prevent access to quality eye care. Among them are:
- Long distance to an eye centre equipped to deal with diabetic eye disease
- Lack of awareness among diabetic patients and health care givers on the impact of diabetes on the eyes
- Lack of equipment and skilled eye doctors to deal with the problem
The outreach program by UHEAL seeks to address these barriers to care, enabling diabetic patients to get an eye exam done at least once a year and those that need laser treatment, to receive it on the spot.
The program will have a 4X4 vehicle fitted with a modern portable laser machine and other diagnostic equipment and hopes to visit every government unit that has a functional diabetic clinic to screen patients near where they live and offer treatment at a subsidized fee.
You can partner with us to kick out diabetic related blindness from Kenya. We have the equipment and the human resource.
Sponsor a trip and we will do the rest. Do not hesitate to contact us to see how you can help .
Click here to partner with the Diabetic Eye program.Specialist once per year for routine checkup.For more information Contact Upper Hill Eye & Laser Centre (UHEAL) Nairobi Kenya or any other eye specialist near you.