Benefiting the community
Thousands of Tanzanians will have access to free eye care services through the Brien Holden Vision Institute, thanks to support from optometrist Dr Moes Nasser and Optometry Giving Sight.
The Lake Zone Roshanali Nasser Outreach Project aims to screen 14,000 primary school pupils and provide outreach services to more than 6000 people in the Lake Zone.
The project builds upon previous initiatives in the area and will allow the Institute to continue developing local capacity and sustainable eye care services.
For Tanzanian-born Dr Nasser the project is close to his heart, named after his late father Roshanali Nasser, who held a life-long commitment to the wellbeing of the Simiyu and Nyambiti communities.
Growing up in Tanzania and experiencing hardship put Dr Nasser on a path to helping others, ultimately leading to his successful career in optometry and desire to give back.
“Giving sight to people really does give back to humanity and in my profession it feels that way in every examination. I want to be able to extend this life giving service to the people in the communities of my youth,” says Dr Nasser.
Dr Nasser will be returning to Tanzania to launch the project in his childhood district, alongside Brien Holden Vision Institute and Optometry Giving Sight.
Teachers in 14 schools will be trained as vision screeners and be able to refer children on to project optometrists who will examine, prescribe and dispense spectacles and low vision devices to children with refractive error.
School health clubs will also be re-established and equipped with eye health promotion materials and vision corridors for ongoing child vision impairment checks.
Generous support from Optometry Giving Sight and people like Dr Nasser means the Brien Holden Vision Institute can focus on its commitment to child eye health in Tanzania.
The Institute’s Program Manager for Tanzania, Eden Mashayo, is grateful for the opportunity to make a significant impact in the Lake Zone.
“This project will benefit people at the community level as we will be able to expand our reach through the mobile outreach activities and be able to provide them with much-needed free eye care services.”
Accessible eye care services ensure that vision impairment can be treated before it has negative impact on a child’s education, employment outcomes and social interactions.
More than 1.22 billion people are unnecessarily blind or vision impaired due to refractive errors simply because they don’t have access to eye exams or glasses.
You can support child eye health by donating to accessible eye care projects today.