When a person loses their vision, they lose their ability to provide for themselves and their loved ones, isolated in a world of darkness and dependency.
The Need
Cataract Blindness
Globally, nearly 1 billion people live with moderate or severe distance vision impairment. Of those 1 billion people, 94 million are impacted by cataract impaired vision, most of whom live in low to middle-income countries such as Tanzania where limited access to eyecare can mean a life of blindness. Cataract blindness is curable with a 20-minute procedure that is 97% successful. Without surgery, a person becomes dependent on others for care, often losing their ability to work and therefore contribute in their community. The consequences of cataract blindness in developing countries such as Tanzania, have a ripple effect. Often, family members become primary caregivers due to lack of resources in these often-remote areas. As a result, these family members are denied the ability to work and/or go to school, perpetuating the poverty cycle.
Refractive Error
Refractive error stands as the second-leading cause of treatable blindness, closely following cataract blindness. An estimated 800 million people have distance or near vision impairment due to the lack of access to proper refractive correction (ie. access to appropriate spectacles). Just like cataract blindness, this eminently treatable condition perpetuates the cycle of poverty, casting a shadow over the lives of countless individuals and communities throughout sub-Saharan Africa.

While refractive error impacts all demographics of a community, the urgency is greatest when it comes to children grappling with low vision. Untreated refractive error in childhood can lead to a condition called amblyopia, resulting in irreversible vision loss if not addressed early on. The correction of refractive errors with appropriate glasses is among the most cost-effective interventions in eye care.
The Need for Investment in Tanzania’s Eye Care Infrastructure
Our Approach
Eye Corps Eliminates 3 Major Barriers to Building Sustainable Eye Care in the Region
Inadequate Quality Training
Lack of Support for Graduates to
Transition from Student to Surgeon
Lack of Surgical Equipment
We partner with the leading ophthalmology residency programs in Tanzania to identify educational gaps and to design supplemental educational resources, which include US lectures, case studies and wet lab surgical training. Through our ongoing collaboration with local doctors and nurses, we foster an environment in which Tanzanian healthcare professionals can deliver high-quality care to their fellow Tanzanians, ultimately improving eye care access and outcomes.

Eye Corps Formula to Success

Surgical Education & Mentorship

Access to Equipment & Facilities

Prioritizing Local Strategic Partnerships

Collaboration w/ Other NGOs & Non-profits

Established Partnerships

  • Tanzanian Ministry of Health
  • Tanzanian Ophthalmology Society
  • Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (Eye Department)
  • Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Center 
  • Dodoma University
  • Mvumi Institute of Health Sciences
  • Charity Vision
  • SEE International
  • Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology
  • University of Utah, Moran Eye Center
  • Tufts University, School of Medicine
The Impact

Trained 16 surgeons & 44 Ophthalmic Nurses & Clinicians

Established 4 Surgical Sites in 4 Regions of Tanzania

Established 1 Training Center, Providing Wet Lab Access & Hands-On Clinical Training

Equipped All 5 locations Through Long-Term Loan of Quality Equipment

Increased Percent of Females Having Surgery in 4 Centers by 34% - 52%

Mawenzie Regional Referral Hospital
Eye Corps Surgical Site Est. 2017
Eye Corps Surgeon
Dr. Peter Mlundwa
6 Eye Corps trained professionals
361 surgeries performed in 2023
This is Eye Corps’ flagship site with Dr. Peter Mlundwa and his team at the helm since 2021. Mawenzie continues to provide the highest number of Eye Corps procedures to date in the region which speaks to the teams hard work and dedication to the people in the Kilimanjaro Region.

Prior to Dr. Peter’s arrival at Mawenzie, the hospital eye department was overseen by Dr. Japhet Boniface. During his time there, he received support and training from Eye Corps to improve his surgical skills, increasing his volume from less than 30 cases per year to over 1000. Dr. Japhet has graduated from the Eye Corps program and is now the Ophthalmology Department Chair at Dodoma Regional Hospital.  He continues to participate in continuing education provided by Eye Corps while consulting to help bring eye care to new regions of Tanzania.
Songea Regional Referral Hospital
Eye Corps Surgical Site Est. 2021
Eye Corps Surgeon
Dr. Charles Peter Hinju
6 Eye Corps trained professionals
519 surgeries performed in 2023
This site has been up and running since 2021, elevating the standard of care in the region with Dr. Charles Peter and his team serving the community.

We are proud to share that the Ruvuma team have been successful in providing pre-operative biometry and B-Scan ultrasound for their patients following intensive Eye Corp training for six nurses and two optometrists. With Eye Corp's support, several successful outreaches have been run out of this location by our Tanzanian-led outreach team.
Sokoine Regional Referral Hospital
Eye Corps Surgical Site Est. 2020
Eye Corps Surgeon
Dr. Mwita Bokongo
4 Eye Corps trained professionals
658 surgeries performed in 2023
This recently established location, became fully operational in the first part of 2022, with the clinic fully and properly equipped in Q422. Dr. Mwita Bokango and his team are actively integrating with the community and have exhibited great success with their surgical outreach programs.
Vision Care Eye Clinic
Eye Corps Surgical Site Est. 2023
Eye Corps Surgeon
Dr. Frank Sandi
1 Eye Corps trained professionals
35 surgeries performed in 2023
Vision Eye Care Clinic represents a new model for Eye Corps. Having been known to Eye Corps through his participation in our outreach and mentoring programs, a natural partnership was established when Dr. Sandi was presented with the opportunity to open his own eye care clinic in Arusha. Through Eye Corps’ long term equipment loan program, Vision Care Eye Clinic was fully equipped and up and running in mid-2023. Eye Corps actively supports consumables and supplies as Dr. Sandi operates through a surgical referral program with other NGOs in the region.
Muhimbili University Eye Department, Training Center
Eye Corps Training Center Est. 2022
Dar es Salaam
30 Eye Corps trained professionals
Wet Lab Established
Eye Corps has been working with the residency program at Muhimbili University, Eye Department (“MUHAS”) since May 2022. In that time, we have been instrumental in bolstering the education and training curriculum through a supplemental lecture series curated for low resource settings. Additionally, through our partnership with MUHAS, the residents now have a fully equipped wet lab to expand their hand on training opportunities. Future plans include equipping the clinical training center and introducing visiting professorships to further augment the quality of training being delivered.

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