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Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre
PO Box 3010, Moshi, Tanzania,
East Africa.

Phone Contact:
+255 27 2754377-2754383

Fax:
+255 27 2754381/2752038

Email:
kcmcadmin@kcmc.ac.tz

Webmaster:
hansyambazi@kcmc.ac.tz

 

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 (GSF).

KCMC EYE DEPARTMENT ANNUAL REPORT FOR THE YEAR 2009.

Staffing:
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.

Activities/Service Performed
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.

Support Services:
Training:
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.

Vitreo-Retinal Training

  • 1 Ophthalmologist from Zambia completed his Vitreo-Retinal Fellowship at Eye Department.

 

AMO-Ophthalmology Programme:

  • 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
  • COLLABORATION:
    • 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

 

  • ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

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.

Signed:

 

Dr. William Makupa
Head of Eye Department.

Department Statistics

Year
2003
2004
2005 2006
Outpatient consultations
16,642
19,390
17,278
19,641
Total Operations
2,651
2,786
2,492
2,454
Cataract Operations
1,898
2,040
1,597
1,707
Outreach Cataracts
772
734
646
335
Glasses prescribed/Dispensed
2,497
2,396
2,329
2,185

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

Outreach Surgery 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 after surgery.

Eye Care Services offered at the Department includes:-

  • Cataract Surgery routine
  • Phacoemulsification
  • Childhood Eye Care
  • Glaucoma Services
  • Retinal Surgeries
  • Laser treatment
  • Refractive Services
  • Plastic Surgeries and others

Cataract Surgery is the most effective procedure in relieving blindness due to cataract.
The following have close links with the Department of Ophthalmology:

  • Christoffel Blindenmission
  • Sight Savers International
  • International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness
  • London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
  • Berlin Institute of Tropical Medicine

Research:
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.
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Department of Ophthalmology Training Programmes

Kilimanjaro Christian Medical College, P.O.Box 3010, Moshi, Tanzania.

Tel: +255(0)27 2754890/2754377 ext.125

Fax: +255(0)27 2754890

Email: eyedept@kcmc.ac.tz

 

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