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Qualified, empowered and motivated ophthalmologists as team-leaders of comprehensive eye-care units are an essential component of effective and efficient blindness prevention programmes. This has been recognized as a key factor for the implementation of VISION 2020 in Kenya and the region. Supported by a wide network of collaborations and linkages the Department of Ophthalmology has trained to date more than 120 ophthalmologists from 13 African countries.

The department has established collaborations and linkages with various partners:

Several national and international non-governmental development partners support the training programme:

Other collaborating non-governmental development partners are:

The Department is also involved in several national/international activities:

  • It participates in the Kenya National Strategic Plans for the Prevention of Blindness and for the Elimination of Trachoma by the Ministry of Health (
  • It supports the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness ( in the implementation of the worldwide initiative VISION 2020: the right to sight.
  • As a regional examination centre for the annual International Council of Ophthalmology ( examinations and other activities it collaborates closely with stakeholders in developing and observing international standards of training and services in the specialty.
  • The American Academy of Ophthalmologists ( supports the training programme through provision of academic material.
  • Since 1991, the Department collaborates with the World Health Organisation ( It was designated a national centre for the prevention of childhood blindness with support of the Lions Club International Foundation (
  • The Department is a founding institution of the Eastern Africa College of Ophthalmologists ( Together with Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre (, Muhimbili University College of Health Sciences (, Makerere Medical School ( and Mbarara University of Science and Technology ( the Department strives to improve the quality and quantity of eye care training in the region. It also collaborates closely with the Ophthalmological Society of Eastern Africa (
  • Over the years, its activities have also benefited from strong support through the German Ophthalmological Society ( with its Section International Ophthalmology ( and the German Committee for the Prevention of Blindness (

Apart from offering specialized clinical services, teaching and research, the Department also renders regular outreach services to underserved areas for the Kenya Ophthalmic Programme such as:

  • AIC Litein Cottage Hospital (,
  • Garissa Provincial General Hospital (GPGH),
  • Kitui District Hospital (KDH), and
  • Mwingi District Hospital (MDH).

It cooperates closely with training partners during elective term rotations at:

It also offers technical expertise and policy advice to the MOH, and consultancy and research services to national, regional and international bodies.