Our work in Cameroon
At a glance
Cameroon extends from an area of tropical rainforest along the West African coast, through savannah to semi-desert in the north.
There is currently no official data about the levels of blindness in Cameroon, but it is estimated that about 1% of the population are blind, with the principal causes being cataract, river blindness, corneal scarring and refractive error.
Sightsavers in Cameroon
Since 1996, Sightsavers has been working to prevent the devastating effects of river blindness. The programme has grown from one health district project to three projects covering 17 health districts.
An eye opening trip
Our very own Sam Price recently visited Cameroon, and shares her experiences there.
Meet the experts
Here are some of the people delivering essential eye care in Cameroon.
Lawrence was completely blind when he was identified by ophthalmic nurses who were conducting house-to house calls in Lawrence’s village of Ntale, to identify people with eye problems.
A day in the life of Goretti Zinkeng
We found out how Goretti, an ophthalmic nurse in Cameroon, spends a typical day
A decade in darkness
Can you imagine not being able to see for so long that the sight of a mobile phone is new to you? That’s exactly what happened to Mekang Pauline from Cameroon.
Celebrating with Josephine
Josephine, who is 39 lost her sight in October 2004. She had no idea why she'd gone blind. Then one day Josephine received a visit which was to change her life.
Checking it out in Cameroon
Fundraiser Meriel Reeve visited Cameroon, and gives an insight into our work in a country with an immense shortage of health care professionals, with only seven doctors per 100,000 people.