The Central Hospital in Beira, Mozambique, saw the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Invicta Eye Clinic of LIGHT FOR THE WORLD, a European confederation of development NGOs. The clinic will serve as eye-care hub for two million people.
“Healthcare is a key factor in socio-economic development. Today’s ceremony brings us a step closer to our goal: nobody, neither here in Mozambique nor anywhere else, should lose their eye-sight to preventable blindness. At Invicta Eye Clinic, we will be able to perform 1,200 surgeries and treat a total of 25,000 patients per year”, announced Prof. Gerhard Schuhmann, ophthalmologist from Austria and board member of LIGHT FOR THE WORLD (http://www.light-for-the-world.org), at the ceremony. The new clinic is named after Peter von Bertalanffy’s Invicta foundation, who both contributed significantly to the project.
In Mozambique, just 18 ophthalmologists and 54 ophthalmic nurses serve a population of 23 million – so theoretically one ophthalmologist is responsible for 1.3 million patients. Therefore the training of professionals is a crucial milestone towards LIGHT FOR THE WORLD’s mission of improving eye health for all. The concept for the new eye clinic reflects this: it will house training facilities that will enable the graduation of ten eye care professionals every two years. “We are very proud that the
Invicta Eye Clinic will be the first training centre of its kind outside of the capital Maputo”, Zacharias Zicai said.
LIGHT FOR THE WORLD has been active in Mozambique since 2003. In cooperation with Beira Central Hospital the organisation is implementing a comprehensive blindness prevention programme for Central and Northern Mozambique including outreach programmes, primary eye care units and professional trainings.
LIGHT FOR THE WORLD and its programmes form part of the Vision2020 initiative aiming to eliminate preventable blindness globally by 2020.
Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of Light for the World.
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