A Clearer Future
In Tanzania, an estimated 848,530 people are visually impaired and 32,930 are blind. Most could have been treated or cured.
Since its inception in 2001, CCBRT’s Eye Department has grown into the Disability Hospital’s busiest unit and Tanzania’s largest provider of eye care. Our ophthalmic specialists provide treatment for a variety eye of conditions such as glaucoma, trauma, tumours, trachoma, cataract and diabetic eye disease. CCBRT is also home to groundbreaking ophthalmic research that is changing how conditions like cataract and glaucoma are treated in Sub Saharan Africa.
Our optometrists assess, prescribe and manufacture glasses, contact lenses and low-vision devices such as magnifiers, telescopes and domes to correct low vision. These devices are critical to improving the quality of life and economic well-being of our patients, allowing children to continue with their studies or adults to carry out activities essential for their jobs.
0.8:1 million ophthalmologists per Tanzania population
70,532 eye screenings in 2016
7,646 eye surgeries in 2016
628 prosthetic eyes manufactured at CCBRT in Tanzania's only Artificial Eye Centre
Twice per year, CCBRT ophthalmologists, optometrists, nurses, and administrators travel over 1,000 kilometres inland to conduct two week paediatric outreaches in Mwanza. The city is located on Tanzania's northwest border in a region with extremely high demand for services. For two weeks, the team screens and operates on children with eye problems. Local health clinics refer patients to the CCBRT initiative, ensuring that the most difficult and pressing cases are seen by the experts.