Happy World Sight Day!

13 October 2021

More than a billion people worldwide do not have access to eye care services.

This year’s World Sight Day, 14 October, is all about #LoveYourEyes. We took the time to reflect on the milestones we have reached in our Early Intervention Project in Kenya over the last year.

The project has taken great strides to integrate sight and hearing screening and therapy units in four health facilities in Garissa and Kwale Counties in rural Kenya.

All facilities are now fully equipped with specialist eye and ear screening equipment and 115 health facility staff from the four major health facilities in Garissa and Kwale Counties were trained on how to use them. Screening and using specialist equipment has now started in the four facilities.

Early Intervention

7,058 children have been screened since June 2021.

Intervention Services

35 children were found to have complex disabilities.

Following Screening, the children have been enrolled into the Early Intervention service, providing specialist support services is a vital step in ensuring that all children get the best start in life and go on to achieve their full potential.

This project was supported by Sense International’s ‘Chance to Shine’ appeal, with match funding from the UK government along with funding from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF), Else Kröner-Fresenius-Stiftung and Medicor Foundation Liechstenstein.