Blindness in Nigeria
Nigeria is located on the coast of the Gulf of Guinea and is one of the ten most populated countries in the world. It has one of the largest economies in Africa, however, many Nigerians suffer from an inequitable distribution of healthcare.
Over 80% of the nation’s ophthalmologists work in urban areas, even though 70% of the entire population lives in the rural areas. As a result, ophthalmologists are in short supply throughout the country. There is only one eye doctor available per one million Nigerians in urban areas, and even less in rural areas, meaning many Nigerians do not have access to eye care services. The 5 leading causes of blindness in Nigeria are cataracts, glaucoma, river blindness, diabetic retinopathy, and uncorrected refractive errors, all of which are preventable conditions with the right medical care.
SEE in Nigeria
SEE has been hosting clinics and providing free eye care services in Nigeria for over 25 years. We primarily work at the Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital in Port Harcourt, returning each year to host 1-2 clinics.
In 2017, SEE additionally held two programs in Nigeria to restore sight to more than 50 people with cataracts in Calabar and Uyo.