IPOSC and IOA launch orthoptic program in The Gambia.

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The International Orthoptic Association (IOA) marked World Sight Day, October 13, 2022, by holding a symposium and reception in Gambia at the Sheikh Zayed Eye Specialist Centre to celebrate the launch of the first sub-Sahara African Orthoptic Program.


Gambia was selected by IPET to receive an orthoptic training program because of its great need. As the most densely populated country in Africa with a population of close to 2.7 million its ophthalmic needs are provided by only two full time ophthalmologists (a general ophthalmologist and a glaucoma specialist). The population of Gambia is young with 3 out of 5 being younger than 25 years. The demand for pediatric ophthalmology and orthoptic care is high and orthoptists will improve eye healthcare for the pediatric population, reduce the prevalence of preventable blindness and improve the quality of life for children.

Here all the informations from IOA: