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June 1, 2012

Cornea training and eye banking in Ethiopia

The training of local eye care personnel is a priority in all HCP interventions. Prior to the May 2012 surgical intervention in Woldiya, Drs. Matt Oliva and Geoff Tabin worked with local corneal surgeons in Addis Ababa and Gondar, collectively providing 24 corneal transplant surgeries.

HCP Ethiopia has the only functioning eye bank in Sub-Saharan Africa. Together with partner NGOs ORBIS and SightLife, HCP has committed to the long-term success of the Eye Bank of Ethiopia through improvements in tissue recovery, surgeon capacity and providing necessary equipment and surgical supplies.