Mapping our Impact: Why Do Our Patients Come From All Over Tanzania?
Last year, our Ophthalmology Department provided more than 70,500 consultations and conducted more than 7,500 surgeries in our main hospital in Dar es Salaam.
As you can see on the maps below, the patients who received these services came from all over Tanzania - and even beyond, from other countries in East Africa.
Why do our patients come from so far to get eye services at CCBRT?
Since we first opened our hospital doors in 2001, CCBRT has built a nationwide reputation as a provider of high quality eye services. Although options for eye services are gradually becoming more widespread, Tanzania still faces a serious shortage of eyecare professionals: the country currently has only 0.8 ophthalmologists for every one million people.
Our Ophthalmology Department team has decades of experience, including team members like Dr Cyprian Ntomoka, Eye Department Head and Vice President of the Tanzania Ophthalmology Society; Dr Sonia Vaitha, one of only three ophthalmologists in the country specialising in treating children; and Rehema Semindu, Tanzania’s only prosthetic eye technician. Each exemplifies the dedication and specialised knowledge of our department’s 3 specialist ophthalmologists, 2 ophthalmologists, 7 Medical Doctors and Assistant Medical Officers, 5 optometrists, one low vision therapist, and 50 nurses.
This unique expertise is why doctors around Tanzania refer their eye patients to CCBRT, and why people travel from places as far away as Mbeya and Mwanza to seek treatment in our main hospital. We are proud of the work our Ophthalmology Department does, and we are committed to leveraging our in-house expertise as we continue to fight against avoidable blindness in Tanzania.