The Unite For Sight Volunteer Abroad Program provides participants with a comprehensive and unrivaled opportunity to participate in effective and unique global health delivery programs. Volunteers work with and learn from local medical professionals who lead and manage the programs that eliminate patient barriers to care.
Unite For Sight prides itself on offering the best global health experience for our volunteers, coupled with the highest quality of healthcare delivery programs with our partners. Learn more about the global health delivery programs at http://www.uniteforsight.org/what-we-do.
Unite For Sight works with five eye clinic partners in Ghana, three in India, and one in Honduras. Follow daily dispatches on Facebook from Crystal Eye Clinic's Unite For Sight outreaches in Ghana.
Our innovative programs have provided the highest quality of care to 1.9 million of the world's poorest people, including more than 94,530 sight-restoring surgeries since 2005. During 2012, for example, Unite For Sight worked with our partner eye clinics to provide eye care to more than 200,000 patients, including 12,373 sight-restoring surgeries.
Due to many barriers, the communities where we work did not previously have access to eye care. Unite For Sight's model has enabled local eye clinics to create real and sustainable change for those living in extreme poverty. With Unite For Sight's investments of human and financial resources, the eye clinics eliminate patient barriers to care by fully funding surgeries, bringing eye care services by local eye care professionals to the patients, providing transportation to the eye clinics for surgery as needed, and educating communities about blindness elimination. The eye care services are comprehensive, including examinations by local eye doctors, diagnosis and care for all treatable conditions, education, and prevention. This full range of services is delivered to the population year-round.
We measure outcomes by carefully tracking and evaluating the surgeries provided by Unite For Sight and each patient's outcomes. This ensures that the eye care provided has a lasting impact. To learn more about our impact, click here.
Unite For Sight significantly builds local capacity by investing in its local eye clinic partners. There are a total of 45 ophthalmologists in Ghana, and Unite For Sight's four partner ophthalmologists in Ghana provide more than 50% of all surgeries in the country, and these surgeries are provided to patients living in extreme poverty.
Prior to Unite For Sight's partnership, each Ghanaian partner ophthalmologist provided approximately 500 cataract surgeries per year to patients who were able to access and afford care. This surgical capacity is in line with Ghana's current surgical national average of 405 surgeries per year. In order to reach Ghana's Vision 2020 goal, each ophthalmologist is expected to provide 1,066 cataract surgeries per year. After partnering with Unite For Sight, each eye clinic partner provides an average of 2,500 cataract surgeries each year. This total includes continued surgical care for paying patients, coupled with Unite For Sight-supported surgical care for patients living in extreme poverty who are otherwise unable to access or afford care.
In Tamale, Ghana, ophthalmologist Dr. Wanye is the only eye doctor for 2 million people in the entire region. Prior to working with Unite For Sight, Dr. Wanye often went months without performing a single cataract surgery because the community members could not afford the cost of surgery. Since 2005, Unite For Sight has provided human and financial resources for Dr. Wanye's programs. With the support of Unite For Sight, Dr. Wanye now provides over 4,200 cataract surgeries each year. Additionally, Dr. Wanye and his team provide eye care for more than 70,000 patients per year who are living in extreme poverty.
In Accra, Ghana, Unite For Sight's support has enabled Crystal Eye Clinic to more than quadruple its annual number of surgeries, and 86 % of the surgeries are now provided to patients living in extreme poverty. During 2011, Unite For Sight sponsored nearly 3,000 surgeries provided by Crystal Eye Clinic for patients living in extreme poverty. Dr. Clarke and his team provide eye care to more than 45,000 patients each year who are living in extreme poverty.
Each year of a Unite For Sight partnership yields increased success with reaching patients living in extreme poverty. In Kumasi, Ghana, Unite For Sight's support enabled Charity Eye Clinic to provide more than 1,600 sight-restoring surgeries to village outreach patients during 2011.
In Orissa, India, Unite For Sight support enabled Kalinga Eye Hospital to provide more than 3,000 sight-restoring surgeries to village patients during 2011.
In Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Unite For Sight support enabled ZOE Eye Clinic to provide more than 400 sight-restoring surgeries to village patients during 2011.