The Kenya Society for the Blind (KSB) was established in 1956 through an Act of Parliament Cap 251 of the laws of Kenya (Revised 2012). KSB is charged with the responsibility of serving all Kenyan citizens who are at a risk of going blind as well as people living with visual impairment (PWVI). KSB seeks to create an environment that encourages the inclusion of the visually impaired persons in society and promote the prevention of avoidable blindness.
The functions of KSB as provided in Cap 251 of the laws of Kenya are:
(i) To promote the welfare, education, training, and employment of the blind and to assist in the prevention and alleviation of blindness.
(ii) To assist the government, societies, any institution, organizations or society or person in all matters related to blind.
(iii) To awaken public interest in the welfare of the blind and in all matters relating to blindness.
(iv) To advise on all things necessary or required in any matter to or connected with the blind.
KSB works hand in hand with the Kenya Ophthalmic Programme (KOP) under the Ministry of Health and in partnership with other stakeholders are mandated to reduce incidences 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. Through these initiatives, uptake of Eye care services have been improved and taken closer to the people. The delivery of optical services in all public hospitals is on going and productivity of eye care workers is guarantee. Kenya so far has a total of 61 ophthalmologists, 54 cataract surgeons, 48 ophthalmic clinical nurses, 16 Ophthalmic Nurses against a total population of 40 million. This is the biggest national challenge in pursuance to Vision 2030 on elimination of avoidable blindness.