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The Kenya Ophthalmic Project (KOP) is a National eye care project under the Ministry of public Health and Sanitation in collaboration with Kenya Society for the Blind and other development partners. KOP is under Division of Ophthalmic Services (DOS) headed by Dr. Gichangi. DOS is mandate to reduce the incidence of preventable blindness in Kenya by providing preventive and curative of Eye Care Services through integration of Primary Eye Care into the existing Primary Health Care system in the Country.

 KOP is currently, being implemented in Nakuru and Machakos Zones. Nakuru zone covers: Nakuru, Baringo, Koibatek and Maralal hospitals while Machakos zone covers: Machakos, makueni, kangundo, mwingi, kitui, Kajiado, Loitoktok and Mbagathi Hospitals. Each zone is under the supervision of a Zonal Eye Surgeon supported by ophthalmic cataract surgeons, ophthalmic clinical officers and ophthalmic nurses.

During the period under review the overall response report rate was 90 % with a total number of 65,001 patients seen and 64,886 treated. This was slightly lower as compared to the previous year of 67,987 screened patients. Cataract surgeries rose from 1, 297 to 2,199.  The increment was due to additional eye camps held at Kabarnet. It is important to note that these statistics are not tallied with statistics captured by KSB programme activities.

Within the reporting period, an annual review and planning meeting was held in Machakos Level 5 hospital to review the achievements and challenges encountered and to plan for 2013. Training on program design was undertaken to equip participants on project planning and management in this era of performance contracting.

 An electronic Eye Health system was developed to improve accuracy of data collection and to facilitate data collation. This initiative within public hospitals is a good example of public and private partnership and is in line with the Vision 2030. Through this initiative, DOS under the ministry of public health and sanitation in collaboration with SSI/KSB provided software development, computers as well as basic training for staff on how to utilize the electronic eye health system. Other trainings under this same initiative involved the provincial Eye Care (PEC) team, the District Health Management Teams(DHMT)  and Rural Health Workers( RHW).

Other activities carried out through KOP included mobile and surgical outreach services in Koibatek district (Nakuru zone). Coordination and supervisory services was also enhanced

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