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Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital

A new Eye Care Center of Excellence in Ghana

HCP continues its joint effort to establish an eye surgery training center for West Africa modeled after the Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology in Nepal. In addition to administering the USAID-supported construction project at Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH), HCP has contributed to the training of several KATH clinicians, administrators and residents through follow-up visits by HCP affiliated ophthalmologists and personalized trainings.

Doors opened in June 2013
The Eye Center at Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital opened in June 2013.
Patients are seen at eye center
Patients are seen at new 27,000-square-foot eye center.

In 2011, HCP received a new USAID/ASHA grant for state-of-the art ophthalmic equipment and furniture for new surgical facility. Two HCP International Fellows worked with KATH Residency Director Dr. Seth Lartey to enhance the MD Ophthalmology Residency Program. Business management training was provided to the eye center administrator and a KATH nurse participated in an high-volume cataract intervention training in Ethiopia.

Additionally, two KATH residents obtained membership in the Ophthalmology Residency Program, a grant launched the MD Ophthalmology Residency Exchange Program with Teaching Hospital in Northern Ghana, and three residents from Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra rotated in all sub-specialties in ophthalmology at KATH.

In direct service in 2011, there was increased support for outreach by creating relationships with nearby regional eye clinics and more than 20 cornea transplants were provided.

KATH – Increasing Capacity in Ghana (2012)

  Base Hospital Outreach Total
Number of patients screened (OPD) 21,826 4,486 26,312
Number of surgeries performed 845 468 1,313

An ophthalmic assistant performs an eye exam in Kumasi, Ghana.