Knowledge of eye health among the public is poor; there’s a lack of specialist equipment, and there are not enough skilled eye care workers available. Here in the province of Nampula, where we are now, there are only three ophthalmologists who are qualified to perform cataract operations on a population of nearly four million.
One of these is Dr Anselmo Vilanculos, the head ophthalmologist at Nampula Central Hospital. When we chat to him, he tells us there are huge barriers to reaching and operating on the estimated 33,000 people in need of cataract surgery in Nampula. But he also tells us that the work of Sightsavers – the services and people that are funded with the help of our supporters – is “making a big difference” and “finding solutions”.