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Project information

Clear Vision for Ghana

We will strengthen and build Ghana's public sector eye health services and restore sight to people living with vision impairment. This project will replicate our highly successful work in Rwanda – where we have supported the Government to provide 2.5 million eye screenings and 180,000 glasses.

January 2019 - December 2019

Charity information: Vision for a Nation Foundation

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  • Need


    The project will address the challenge of vision impairment (VI) in Ghana. People living with VI have reduced economic productivity, education outcomes and quality of life. Globally, 36 million people are blind, 217 million have distance-vision impairment and 1 billion have near-vision impairment. These figures indicate VI is the largest cause of disability worldwide. Within this total, 19 million children have VI; including 12 million with refractive error and 1.4 million with blindness.


    VFAN will support the Government of Ghana to build and strengthen its own eye health services. The project will be delivered within a broader collaborative programme – with Vision Aid Overseas and Operation Eyesight Universal. VFAN will train primary-level health workers to deliver eye screenings at community and school levels. The health workers will dispense eye drops and reading glasses and refer all beneficiaries with more complex needs to eye specialists supported by our NGO partners.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Establish local-level eye care services at 5 health posts in Northern province of Ghana.


    » Train 10 community health workers at 5 health posts in Northern province. Each health post serves a catchment community of 5,000 people.
    » Provide eye screenings to an estimated 1,500 people and dispense reading glasses, eye drops and referrals for more complex cases.
    » Provide eye health awareness and information sessions at local schools in Northern province, reaching an estimated 5,000 school children.
    » Monitor and evaluate the results of the new eye care services in Northern province.

    What success will look like

    We will track and monitor the number of primary health workers trained. The health workers will report to VFAN on the number of eye screenings, glasses, eye drops and referrals.

    Aim 2

    Scale-up the project more broadly across Northern province and all other regions of Ghana.


    » Influence the Government of Ghana and our NGO partners to replicate this initial project across Northern province and other regions of Ghana.
    » Secure funding from our existing and previous donors such as DFID, USAID and UBS Optimus Foundation to enable scale-up and replication.

    What success will look like

    We will track: (a) the specific commitments issued by Government of Ghana and our NGO partners to scale-up the project; and (b) the number of health workers trained across Ghana.

  • Impact


    People with restored sight benefit from improved: (a) Quality of Life. They are better able to interact with others and suffer less social exclusion; (b) Employability. People receiving glasses benefit from an average 10% productivity gain (approx $150 p.a. per person); and (c) Education.Children receiving glasses have increased school enrolment rates and improved academic results. Our project evaluation will monitor self-reported results across all three of these impact areas.


    The primary risk is how to achieve long-term sustainability and impact. We are addressing this risk by ensuring our project will help the Government of Ghana establish its own eye health services and deliver against its own eye health plan. We will be building the capacity of the Government to deliver eye health on a sustainable basis. To further promote sustainability, we will also sell reading glasses on a revenue positive basis and the revenue will accrue to the Ministry of Health's budget.


    We will track progress against these targets using a combination of (a) routine internal monitoring; (b) integration of data from Ghana's own Health Management Information System; and (c) contracting an external/independent evaluation agency to monitor and assess our results.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £30,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £30,000 Staff salaries Core team of 3-4 staff in Ghana
  • Background


    Ghana is a democratic country in Western Africa and has a population of 28 million. It is one of the fastest growing economies in Africa and currently has GDP growth of 9% per year. Poverty levels have decreased from 52.6% in 1991 to to 21.4% in 2012. The project will be delivered in Northern province. This area experiences high poverty levels and has weak health services - due to its distance from major urban centres and other key infrastructure and public services.


    There will be four beneficiary groups:
    (1) Primary health workers. Ten primary health workers will have their skills augmented and will be trained to provide eye screenings.
    (2) Eye screening beneficiaries. 1,500 people will have their eyes screened by the health workers.
    (3) School children. An estimated 5,000 school children will benefit from eye health information sessions.
    (4) Wider population of Ghana. The project aims to demonstrate a model that can be scaled-up on a nationwide basis.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The Government of Ghana has committed to partner with us on this project. We are also collaborating with the other eye care NGOs in Ghana. In terms of track record, we have successfully delivered a similar eye health programme in Rwanda. We trained 2,700 nurses and provided over 2.5 million eye screenings and dispensed 180,000 glasses. In 2016, VFAN won the 'International Aid and Development' category at the UK Charity Awards and in 2017 we won the Innovation category at the BOND awards.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    James Chen

    James is the Founder of the charity and also our major donor and a Trustee. He is also the Founder of the Chen Yet-Sen Family Foundation.

    Tony Hulton

    Tony is Chief Executive and has 20 years experience working with DFID, the UN and other major development agencies.

    Dr Boateng Wiafe

    Dr Wiafe is our Consortium Lead for Ghana. He is a leading ophthalmologist and led the National Blindness and Visual Impairment Study in 2015.


The price of one pair of low-cost reading glasses