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Community Eye Service Program

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The Kitwe Teaching Hospital eye department now operates from a newly constructed eye care facility, popularly known as “eye annex”. The facility was commissioned in the year 2013. It includes 5 OPD consultation rooms, 2 Operating theatres, 60 bed capacity wards, 1 refraction room, 1 medical records room, 1 pharmacy room, 1 optical shop, 1 nurses’ duty room, 1 conference/low vision Assessment room, 1 administrative pool office and 3 other administrative offices. The new facility was funded by Lions Club international Foundation (LCIF), the Lions Foundation-Germany, the Germany Federal Ministry of economic Co-Operation and Development (BMZ) and CBM-Germany. Other funders included Dieter and Irmgard Baum from Germany and Mr. PDG Alexis Vincent Gomes. The facility was officially opened by His. Honor, the Vice President of the Republic of Zambia, Dr. Guy Scott.
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As a tertiary institution, the eye program attaches great importance to training of eye health care personnel. Through the years of its existence, the department has trained various eye health cadres from different institutions at home and abroad, ranging from Doctors to other eye care cadres such as ophthalmic clinical officers and nurses. The training also includes training of resident ophthalmologists from the University of Nairobi (UoN) and from University of Zambia Mmed (UNZA) program. The program also offers training to ophthalmic clinical officers, nurses and optometry students from Chainama College of health sciences. At community level, the Kitwe Teaching Hospital trains community health workers, Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs) and Traditional Healers (TH) to identify cataract patients in the community and refer them to the department for treatment. We are also involved in training of teachers in identification of children with visual impairments at their various schools. A total of 150 individuals at community level have been trained.
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The department believes in continuous improvement of skills and knowledge of its staff in order to ensure quality of eye health care services is not com promised Various cadres including doctors, nurses, ophthalmic clinica l officers, patient attendants and staff from administration section have attended training in relevant fields. The train ings are provided through hospital based programs, where faculties are sent by Orbis to train staff on site, specific trainings where staff have to travel out to train e.g. in theatre management, in hospital management, outreach coordination, medical records, diabetic retinopathy screening and grading and many other trainings that have contributed to improvement in eye health care service provision.
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Committed To Eye Excellence
Who We Are

The eye department of Kitwe Teaching Hospital was established in 1974, when it was moved from the main hospital building to a building 2 km away from the main hospital building.

In 2013, the department was moved back to the main hospital grounds after a new building was constructed by the Lions Club International Foundation (LCIF), the Lions Foundation-Germany, CBM-Germany, the Germany Federal Ministry of economic Co-Operation and Development (BMZ) and Mr. Alexis Gomes

The department has grown over the years. Before 2001, the total number of patients’ seen per year was in the range of 5000. Today, we see a total of 25000 patients per year at base, and another 10000 from outreaches.

In the initial stages, the eye department concentrated on Cataract, it being the main course of preventable/curable blindness, but over the years, the program has set up specialty services such as Medical Retina, pediatrics, glaucoma and anterior segment.



Cataract still remains the leading cause of blindness, not only in Zambia, but in the wh ole sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. It accounts for 50% of blindness blindness in

Retina & Diabetic Retinopathy Services

Kitwe Teaching Hospital eye department is also retina and diabetic eye care services. This service was established Six years

Pediatric Ophthalmology

The Childhood Eye Health Tertiary Facility (CEHTF) was established in the year 2010 and the facility has continued to offer eye health care to children


Glaucoma is one of Vision 2020 priority diseases. Kitwe Teaching Hospital eye department conduct glaucoma clinics every week. It is one of our sub-specialty areas.

mission statement

To be a National and Regional leader in the provision of quality and cost effective eye health care as close to the community as possible in our quest to eliminate avoidable and/ or preventable blindness 

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out patient Department Services

Special Clinic Services


The eye department of Kitwe Teaching Hospital was established in 1974, when it was moved from the main hospital building to a building 2 km



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