THE SOLUTION

Our goal is to build a self-sustaining ophthalmology clinic in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia - a rural city that can provide medical care access to both the capital and those who live in less urbanized areas. Using a meticulously planned tiered pricing system, the clinic will be affordable for all, and run by professionals that our doctors and other health care professionals will train. 

UPSTREAM APPROACH TOWARDS HEALTH CARE

  1. Health Education - Water sanitation and hygiene education for the community. The prevalence of active trachoma is dramatically lower in towns with good water and personal sanitation.

  2. General Care - Common antibiotics and antifungal treatment such as azithromycin, g-ciprofloxacin and g-econazole.
     
  3. Surgical Care - Extracapsular cataract extraction (ECCE) and phacoemulsification.
     
  4. Epidemiology Research - Research projects to standardize treatment protocols for the community.
     
  5. Mid-level Provider and Outreach Worker Training - Training programs for nurses, physician assistants, and health outreach workers to provide care for our rural patients.
     
  6. Physician support - Medical equipment/supply support for local medical centers and quality of care supervision.