Clinical Hospital Services
Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre
PO Box 3010, Moshi, Tanzania,East Africa.
+255 27 2754377-2754383
+255 27 2754381/2752038
DEPARTMENT OF OPTHALMOLOGY
The Department of Ophthalmology
at KCMC was one of the original departments when the centre was opened
in 1971. A separate wing of the hospital houses the ophthalmic ward and
theatre suite, as well as eye outpatients, optical facilities, and administrative
offices. This was built with donations from Christoffel Blindenmission
(CBM) in collaboration with the Good Samaritan Foundation of Tanzania
KCMC EYE DEPARTMENT ANNUAL REPORT FOR THE YEAR 2009.
In collaboration with Christoffel-Blinden Mission Mr. Richard Hess joined the department in April with the aim of doing on-the-job training to local person who will be doing administrative duties and release head of department from spending much of his time in administering the department.
In mid of August our secretary has been re-categorized to the position of Human Resource Officer and she is now getting on with on-the-job training to take over in January 2011.
The department also manages to get two ophthalmologists Dr. Heiko Philippin supported by Christoffel-Blinden Mission and Dr. Lee Woodward (Paediatric Ophthalmologist) who is working on voluntary basis and gets accommodation support from Eye Care Foundation.
The concern of Eye Department as one of the departments in KCMC hospital is to influence the East, Central and West Africans by providing medical services such as treating, training and research in collaboration with MoHSW, Tumaini University and KCCO.
- The department has provided service to 23,611 patients in whom 16,013 patients were seen in the Eye Outpatient Department and 7,598 patients were seen on outreach.
- Cataract as the major cause of blindness has make the surgeons did total number of 1,732 cataract surgeries in which 1,262 were done at base hospital and 470 were done on outreach.
- The department also performed 466 trabeculectomy surgeries and provided 344 Laser treatments for Diabetic Retinopathy. Also the department performed 1,277 surgeries including retinal, DCR, evisceration, enucleation, lid rotation which make a total of 3,353 surgeries performed during the year.
Departmental staff in general:
- 7 employees are on training during the year 2009.
M. MED Ophthalmology Programme:
- 4 Med residents graduated as an Ophthalmologist in November 2009 and 4 M. Med Ophthalmology residents enrolled in the University in October 2009 and make a total number of M. Med resident for the year to be 15.
- 1 Ophthalmologist from Zambia completed his Vitreo-Retinal Fellowship at Eye Department.
- In 2009 6 students graduated: 4 students completed the 2 years course of Assistant Medical Officer in Ophthalmology and Cataract Surgery, 2 students completed 1 year Assistant Medical Officer in Clinical Ophthalmology.
- The students who enrolled AMO-O programme 2008/2010 commenced their field work in 2009 at CCBRT and Haydom Hospitals and they are expected to return early in 2010.
- In October 2009, 10 students joined the school; seven enrolled in the 2years course (Assistant Medical Officer in Ophthalmology and Cataract Surgery) while 3 enrolled the 1 year course (Assistant Medical Officer in Clinical Ophthalmology).
- OBJECTIVES/PLANS/GOALS/FUTURE PLANS:
- Practical Community based Vision 2020 programme by reaching all villages in the direct service catchments area.
- Providing high quality retinal surgery service at base hospital
- Proving medical retina service at hospital for diabetic retinopathy patients.
- Providing necessary equipment to M. Med upon graduation
- Raising public awareness on diabetes-related conditions in all forms of disabilities
- ACHIEVEMENTS FOR THE YEAR OF REPORT:
- The objective was fully achieved by the intake of 10 students in 2009.
- CONSTRAINTS/LIMITATIONS/CHALLENGES. (IF ANY)
- Lack of local ophthalmologists
- Low number of local/Tanzanian M. Meds residents joining the programme
- Christoffel Blindenmission
- Light for the World – Austria.
- University Hospital Birmingham.
- Eye Care Foundation – Netherlands.
- College of Ophthalmology for East Central and Southern Africa.
- European Union.
- Dr Hans Joachim Miertsch
We thank many people and organizations that have made it possible to progress for the period of January to December 2008 as follows:
- Executive Director and Directors of Hospital Services, Administration and Personnel and their staff.
- Donors and Sponsors, particularly CBM, Sight Savers International, Light-for-the-World, Eye Care Foundation and University of Birminham and their staff.
- Doctors, Nurses, KCCO and other Departmental staff.
Dr. William Makupa
Head of Eye Department.
The Objectives of the
department include the following:
- To Provide high quality eye care to
those most in need
- To prevent blindness, and treat those
with blinding diseases
- To teach and train medical and paramedical
personnel in the practice of medical, surgical and optical eye care
is performed in the Tanzanian Northern Zone in the following centres:
Lushoto, Karatu/Mto wa Mbu and Babati Magugu
Direct Referral Sites programme has been
established to serve Kilimanjaro and parts of Arusha regions. A team of
eye doctors and other eye care providers from KCMC Eye Department in collaboration
with Kilimanjaro Centre for Community Ophthalmology (KCCO) visit the community
and screen patients. Cataract Patients and others who need surgery are
provided with transport to the hospital and then sent back to the community
Eye Care Services offered at the
Cataract Surgery is
the most effective procedure in relieving blindness due to cataract.
The following have close links with the Department of Ophthalmology:
Sight Savers International
for the Prevention of Blindness
London School of Hygiene
and Tropical Medicine
Berlin Institute of
Continuous research in various areas of Patients care and on how to
Improve our services.
Vision 2020 The W.H.O Global Initiative in Blindness Elimination is
harmonious with our aims of Service Delivery, Infrastructure Development
and Human Resource Development.
Click for more information on:
of Ophthalmology Training Programmes
Kilimanjaro Christian Medical
College, P.O.Box 3010, Moshi, Tanzania.
Tel: +255(0)27 2754890/2754377
Fax: +255(0)27 2754890
Other links to KCMC