Partners Ramp Up Care Across Ghana
Cataract surgical outreach is off to a strong start in Ghana this year, as our partners increase the amount of life-changing eye care services to those who need it most.
Since January, seven of HCP’s Ghanaian partners, including the National Cataract Outreach Program (NCOP), have provided over 3,200 sight-restoring surgeries for children and adults in all corners of Ghana from Keta to Adidome, and from Namong to Dunkwa.
Partner activity in multiple regions includes:
Dr. Bo Wiafe and his son Dr. Geoffrey Wiafe visited six separate sites in the first quarter working with local teams in the Western region (Tarkwa, Essikado), Central region (Assin Fosu, Saltpond), Eastern region (Asamankese), and Ashanti (Namong) region in addition to their own clinic, Watborg Eye Services.
Dr. Judith Simon in Tamale is serving patients in the Northern region - Tamale, Kintampo and Bolgatanga. Zobil Zidan Blare, a six-year-old boy, was one of the patients from Bolgatanga. Before his surgery he was unable to see well, read, or attend school for over a year. Zobil lost his right eye due to trauma and developed a cataract in his left eye shortly after. He had cataract surgery on his left eye and was fitted with bifocal eyeglasses, which also serve as protective glasses. Zobil always has a big smile at his follow up appointments. He started school again and is doing well.
Dr. Seth Wanye of Friends Eye Center has served multiple sites in the Volta region (Keta, Aflao, Akatsi, Dzodze, Adidome) and continues to provide as many surgeries as possible before the rainy season begins.