Dr Lloyd Williams examines a patient at the hospital of SIGHTSAVERS in Freetown (July 20, 2016).
Strengthening national health systems and increasing access to health services for persons with disabilities (PWDs) in 3 regions of Sierra Leone.
This is a hybrid project which deals with two themes eye care and social inclusion. 305,340 vulnerable people are being screened for eye conditions including 6,442 people with disabilities. 145,007 are women, 135,876 are children and 18,015 are elderly. This project also provides community based rehabilitation interventions to people who are blind or with low vision. People with other disabilities are being referred to support organizations who can provide rehabilitation services. To support the integration of eye care into primary health care, the project has trained district health management teams, primary health care staff and other health workers in simple eye care management and treatment in the 8 districts. They will be in a position to provide basic eye care services in their communities.