Our 2018/19 impact at a glance

BCPB’s support of emerging eye health professionals has led to high-achieving leaders in the field of blindness prevention, with our first ever Sir John Wilson Fellow Professor Ciku Mathenge from Rwanda this year receiving the International Humanitarian of the Year Award from Surgical Eye Expeditions.

We have part-funded three students from Uganda, Nigeria and Rwanda with Boulter Fellowships to enable them to attend the 2018/19 Master’s Degree course on Public Health for Eye Care at The International Centre for Eye Health in London. The course has enabled them to learn new skills and gain additional knowledge to work in eye health in their home countries.

A former BCPB Boulter Fellow has provided evidence showing that low uptake of Vitamin A supplementation is directly linked to the prevalence of childhood corneal blindness in Nigeria.

The results from a study we supported have significantly impacted current treatment protocols for microbial keratitis in Malawi.

BCPB seed-funded the Peek Vision project testing a smartphone app to screen for eye problems. By the end of 2018 over a quarter of a million children and adults were screened for eye health problems and referred for further treatment as part of programmes run by Peek Vision and its partners. In addition, the Government of Botswana’s national comprehensive school eye health programme will begin national roll-out using Peek systems in 2019, a world first.

The purchase of a hand-held camera as part of a project funded by BCPB has enabled a team to access remote areas of need via helicopter, bringing a Diabetic Eye Screening Programme to the whole population of Swaziland.

The equipment and training BCPB provided continue to be of relevance in preventing blindness and improving quality of life for many Nigerians who would have otherwise gone blind.

A BPCB-supported project has trained thirty-five senior trainees in glaucoma surgery and forty-nine junior trainees in cataract surgery from 21 countries in Africa using simulated surgery, away from patients.

Through our research mentorship award, one of the mentees is now able to smoothly supervise post-graduate student research and is independently cascading the mentorship training. This in turn will improve the quality of research in Africa providing evidence that will impact blindness prevention projects.

Our support of a project in Tanzania enabled the development of a training curriculum to detect eye problems in children aged between 3 months and five years. Over 800 frontline primary health care workers have now been trained through the World Health Organization’s Integrated Management of Childhood Illness programme. We also supported the development of seven educational videos enabling health care workers to detect eye problems in Tanzanian children under the age of five.

The results of a study which formed a past Boulter Fellow’s dissertation will provide an insight on how best to develop and test strategies to overcome the inequalities in uptake of cataract surgery in Sokoto, Nigeria

Our support of a project in India will ensure that over 10,000 children in 120 schools will be screened for uncorrected refractive errors, ensuring that children will receive spectacles if they need them.

Our four Boulter Fellows from Kenya, India and Nigeria who studied on the MSc course in 2017/18 will now go on to save the sight of an estimated 30,000 people. Since completing the course they estimate that they will train a further 47 eye health professionals over a year, who will then go on to save the sight of an estimated 14,250 people.

Our 2017/18 impact at a glance

Competency scores of trainees on a BCPB-supported surgery simulation training project in Sub-Saharan Africa have doubled in just three months.

After BCPB’s initial funding in 2012 of the Portable Eye Examination Kit PEEK to test and validate the technology, the Botswana Government are now screening and treating all schoolchildren for eye health issues across the country.

BCPB’s investment in the development of a Tanzania Ministry of Health child eye health module will result in 848 frontline child health workers receiving training, and the production of educational videos which can be used around the world.

BCPB-funded research and training work in Nepal and Bangladesh is enabling many more children to attend school after bilateral cataract surgery.

A BCPB-supported project in Malawi will enable medical, nursing and other staff in the country to use a simple corneal sampling technique to better detect and treat cases of Microbial Keratitis.

A mentorship programme supported by BCPB has helped to establish a diabetic retinopathy screening programme in Swaziland.

BCPB’s support of emerging eye health professionals has led to high-achieving leaders in the field of blindness prevention, with our first ever fellow Dr Ciku Mathenge taking a leading role in the production of a World Health Organization eye health care training manual.

A mentorship awarded by BCPB is building research capacity in three eye care training institutions in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.

BCPB’s four Boulter Fellows from India, Kenya and Nigeria who attended the 2017/18 Public Health for Eye Care Masters’ Degree course at The International Centre for Eye Health in London will save the sight of an estimated 285,000 people in their home countries over the course of their careers.

Once completed, a BCPB-supported project in Tanzania will become an online resource enabling countries to share data and best practice for preventing sight loss from glaucoma.

BCPB funding has ensured excellent recruitment and retention of patients to the world’s largest trial for alternative glaucoma treatment in China, leading to more robust results.

Hundreds of patients in Nigeria have had their sight saved through early detection of glaucoma after a BCPB grant helped to test methodology and purchase equipment.