Vision for the Poor’s newest initiative is building the capacity and expand the services of existing partner facilities to the poorest and most rural regions by way of vision center development. A vision center is a small eye clinic staffed by an optometrist, optician, technician and health promoters that provide a permanent presence to rural communities offering refractive services, new eye glasses made on-site and when needed a referral to the main hospital for medical or surgical care. Two health promoters at each center will perform daily outreach vision screening service to the region. A vision center is located in the range of 30 to 60 miles from the main eye hospital.
Six new vision centers are now in operation in Mexico, Guatemala and Burundi. Each center is self-supporting after one year of operation.
New Vision Centers are being developed in Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, Nigeria, and Rwanda.
THE NCEH WILL BE LOCATED IN THE CITY OF TAMALE, CAPITAL OF THE NORTHERN REGION OF GHANA. IT WILL SERVE THE POPULATION LIVING IN 5 REGIONS; SAVANNAH, NORTHERN, NORTH EAST, UPPER WEST AND UPPER EAST. THE COMBINED POPULATION OF THESE REGIONS IS NEARLY 5 MILLION AND IS PROJECTED TO GROW TO 6.5 MILLION BY 2030.
Vision for the Poor has partnered with Dr. Judith Simon and her non-profit, The Right to Sight and Health, to build the first sustainable, independent and socially- responsible eye hospital in Northern Ghana called the Northern Community Eye Hospital (NCEH) to serve 5 million people. Dr. Simon is a U.S. trained ophthalmologist who has been working as chief surgeon at the Tamale Teaching Hospital in Northern Ghana since 2013. She has 30 years of surgical and clinical experience, and 15 years of experience performing outreach surgery in Africa. Total cost of development is $680,000.