Project information

Eastern Kenya Akamba Family Eye Clinic

To provide the people living in the remote Akamba tribal region in Eastern
Kenya with an eye clinic facility which will enable access to the detection of preventable eye diseases such as cataract, glaucoma and trachoma and thus help reduce the numbers of people needlessly going blind every year.

January 2014 - December 2015

Charity information: Akamba Aid Fund

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  • Need

    Need

    Access to affordable eye care remains a significant challenge to people in remote communities meaning that many preventable diseases go undetected. The WHO estimates that almost 2% of Kenyans are blind or visually impaired and cataract alone accounts for as many as half of these cases. Once detected, cataract can be
    readily treated with surgery at any stage, however other diseases such as glaucoma and trachoma need to be detected early in order to minimise the long-term effect on vision.

    Solution

    The Eastern Kenya Family Eye Clinic will be located in the heart of the Akamba region, making it accessible by a large population. The building will be sited on the grounds of an existing health centre, a familiar location for people in a wide catchment area, which already has mains electricity and water. The building will provide a dedicated consulting room containing the necessary equipment to enable accurate assessment of the eyes for diseases and refractive errors
    requiring glasses.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To reduce the incidence of preventable blindness in the Akamba Region.

    Activities

    » Improving the rates of detection and thus treatment of preventable eye diseases
    » Educating the population in hand hygiene and sanitation in order to prevent communicable diseases such as trachoma.
    » Screening the population for inherited conditions such as glaucoma.

    Success will be demonstrated by auditing the numbers of people attending the clinic and showing that they would otherwise not have been assessed.


    Aim 2

    To provide better access to eye care to the community.

    Activities

    » Siting the clinic building in the grounds of an established health centre already used by the population.
    » Publicising the clinic with the help of local village chiefs and churches.

    Success will be demonstrated by reducing the time and effort required for people to attend an eye clinic.


    Aim 3

    To ensure a high quality of eye care is being is being delivered in the long-term.

    Activities

    » Training of clinic staff through a recognised centre of education.
    » Installing all necessary items of equipment required to provide such a service.

    Success will be demonstrated by the clinic staff achieving a qualification in eye care and by their retention at the clinic.


  • Impact

    Impact

    The ultimate aim of the project is to reduce the incidence of preventable eye disease in the Akamba region. This will be demonstrated by monitoring the number of people passing through the clinic and assessing the outcome of their treatment. If it can be shown that rates of detection are high and that significant numbers of people are being successfully identified and treated, then the project can be considered a success.

    Risk

    1. Building work may stall in the absence of the project being permanently overseen by a charity trustee.
    The project is on the site of a working clinic with which the charity has strong links and regular visits from the trustees.
    2. The clinic will require ongoing running costs for staffing and consumables.
    These will be covered by separate funds set up for this purpose.

    Reporting

    Donors will receive regular updates as to the progress of the project through a periodic newsletter, our charity's website, social media and via email.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £30,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £6,000 Materials Construction materials
      £4,000 Labour Skilled and local labour
      £10,000 Optical Equip. Specialist optical equipment
      £3,500 Other Equip. General equipment & Solar lighting
      £3,000 Training Staff training
      £2,000 Supervision Supervision of construction
      £1,500 Contingencies Unexpected costs
  • Background

    Location

    The Akamba tribe live mainly in the Eastern Province of Kenya, and is the fifth largest tribe in the country. The area is very dry and can go several years with no significant rainfall, and is often stricken by famine, as it is at the moment. As a result, it is one of the poorest parts of the country with up to 60% of the population living in poverty. It has high rates of infant mortality and HIV/AIDS is a significant health issue.

    Beneficiaries

    The project is designed to benefit as many people in the Akamba region as possible who are either affected by or at risk of developing sight threatening eye diseases. Restoring sight to a blind elderly relative restores their independence thus avoids the need to keep a child out of school to help them. Detecting refractive errors and giving glasses improves peoples’ prospects for work and education. There are very few eye clinics in the area meaning people must travel
    a long way for help

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    AAF has been working in the Akamba region since its foundation in 1999, and has a large presence in the area. We have funded numerous projects including schools, health centres, wells and dams and continue to provide long term support through education and health care. We have forged solid relationships with builders and material suppliers whom we can trust to deliver the project.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Samson Nzuki

    Pastor and Coordinator at Tei Wa Yesu Family Care Centre at Gai, the health centre in the region where the project is to be located.

    Simon Frackiewicz

    Optometrist and trustee with the charity who has provided mobile eye clinics in the region for several years.

    Dr. James Buckle

    Somerset based GP and a trustee with the charity who is Medical Director of the Tei Wa Yesu FCC and has worked in the region for many years.

    Ben Williams

    Optometrist and regular visitor to the region providing mobile eye clinics with the charity.