Unite For Sight – Nanodropper Adaptor Donation
Part of our Give the Gift of Vision program.
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About the Organization
Unite For Sight is a non-profit that partners with local eye clinics in Ghana, Honduras, and India to identify community-specific barriers that impede effective eye care delivery, and works with the local clinics to develop strategies to overcome the barriers through sustainable systems of care. To date, Unite For Sight has worked with local partner eye clinics to provide quality eye care to more than 2.9 million patients living in poverty who were otherwise unable to access or afford care. Unite For Sight’s local partner doctors have developed an outreach system that reduces barriers to care for the hardest-to-reach patients living in poverty. With a small ophthalmic team, the local doctors provide comprehensive eye care in outreaches to 30,000-60,000 patients each year, including more than 2,000 sight-restoring cataract surgeries by each ophthalmologist.
Donation Partnership Program
The Ghana Program involves working in cutting-edge, grassroots global health delivery programs with eye clinics in Accra, Kumasi, and Tamale. The eye clinics provide eye care to patients living in extreme poverty in villages located throughout the country of Ghana. Unite For Sight Global Impact Fellow volunteers work with the local clinic teams to provide eye care in remote rural villages that are located throughout Ghana. Each eye clinic’s team visits a different village location on a daily basis. In the villages, 100-300 patients each day receive an exam, diagnosis, eyeglasses, medication, and treatment. Patients requiring advanced ophthalmic care and surgery are transported from the villages to the local eye clinic for surgery by the local Ghanaian ophthalmologists.
Each eye clinic is an independent entity that is also a partner of Unite For Sight. Importantly each eye clinic is independently founded, led, and managed by local Ghanaian ophthalmologists who are talented social entrepreneurs and medical professionals. While all of the eye clinics implement global health delivery programs and follow similar models, each clinic has its own unique operational and organizational structure. The eye care professionals at the clinics have a lot of synergy, and the personnel exchange best practices and strategies. Just as no two clinics, hospitals, or organizations are identical in the U.S., the same holds true in Ghana.
You may find more information about Unite For Sight’s Ghana Program here.
How Your Donation Will Help
The Ghana Program aims to serve individuals in remote rural villages, living in extreme poverty. This setting imposes both major financial and logistical barriers. By utilizing Nanodroppers in their eye clinics, the ophthalmologists can eliminate the waste of critical eyedrop medications and make every bottle last 3-4 times longer—meaning they can serve 3 times as many patients per bottle of medication. By extending the bottle life with the Nanodropper, the eye clinics can also be more resilient during drug shortages. For patients who require eyedrop treatments, the Nanodropper can be a critical lifeline to reduce the cost of care and allow medications to last longer in the remote rural settings where access to care is extremely limited.