Summary of Research Results: Sarah Henderson

Unite For Sight Global Impact Fellow volunteers frequently pursue public health research studies in Unite For Sight's Global Impact Lab program. The research topics are developed by Unite For Sight and the partner eye clinics, the research studies are approved by an Institutional Review Board (IRB), and the research findings are submitted to the eye clinic partners for program development.

Sarah Henderson, "Traditional Remedies and Treatments Used by Patients Receiving Care at Village Outreaches by Crystal Eye Clinic and Saint Thomas Eye Center (formerly North Western Eye Center) in Southern Ghana"

This study surveyed 101 patients who attended outreach visits organized by Crystal Eye Clinic and Saint Thomas Eye Center (formerly North Western Eye Center) in Ghana to determine whether traditional remedies were being used to treat eye conditions.  The survey found that about 63% of patients reported that they did not know what caused their eye problems.  Approximately 48% had never sought treatment for their condition before, despite the fact that on average, patients had been suffering from eye problems for about 6.5 years.  The study found that over 10% of patients had used herbal remedies, including consuming herbal drinks, covering the affected eye with a leaf, and putting herbs directly inside of the eye.