Eye Care for Africa: MAA's Visionary Initiative
In the vast landscapes of Africa, particularly in Somalia, the need for comprehensive ophthalmological care is pressing. With a population nearing 18 million, Somalia grapples with a severe shortage of eye care professionals, leading to a significant portion of the population living with visual impairments.
Somalia's Eye Care Crisis
The stark reality is that Somalia has a mere 12 ophthalmologists, resulting in a staggering ratio of 1 ophthalmologist for every 1.5 million individuals. This is a far cry from the International Alliance for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) standard of 1 per 250,000. The shortage extends to ophthalmic nurses, with the country having a ratio of 1 nurse per 288,654 people, contrasting sharply with the IAPB's recommended 1 per 100,000.
The ramifications of this deficit are evident. A significant 150,000 individuals are blind, and over 23% of adults aged 50 and above grapple with low vision. Predominant causes include cataracts, corneal opacity, refractive errors, and glaucoma. Compounding the challenge is the high incidence of undiagnosed diabetes, a condition often associated with eye complications.
MAA's Pioneering Project
In response to this dire need, MAA International has embarked on a transformative journey to bring life-altering eye care to the affected. This encompasses thorough medical evaluations, surgical interventions, and the provision of post-operative care and medications.
Spotlight on Kenya
Our focus extends to Kenya, particularly regions like Marsabit, Wajir, Isiolo, and Dadaab. These areas, each with its unique challenges, are the epicenters of our mobile eye care initiative.
Marsabit: Home to 450,000 individuals, a staggering 83% live in poverty.
Wajir: With a population of 43,832, it's one of Kenya's most impoverished regions, with a 41% poverty rate.
Isiolo: Housing 36,476 residents, around 34% live in poverty, relying on agriculture and trade.
Dadaab: Renowned for its vast refugee camp, it shelters 218,873 refugees, primarily from Somalia, with limited healthcare access.
Our mobile eye care facility is tailored to cater to the elderly, refugees, and the disabled in these regions. Beneficiaries receive specialized eye treatments, surgeries, consultations, and post-operative care, enhancing their quality of life.
Join Our Vision
MAA International's initiative in Marsabit, Wajir, Isiolo, and Dadaab is a beacon of hope. By addressing the unique needs of these vulnerable groups, we aim to bolster their overall well-being and resilience.
For just $150 you can help cure avoidable blindness for someone in need.
Kenya Cataract Camp