Vision 2020 Links Programme

The Vision 2020 Links programme was launched in 2004 to improve the quality and quantity of eye care training and services in Africa. A link is established by matching a UK eye department in a long term partnership with a UK eye department. Each link is directly contributing to reducing the number of people who are unnecessarily blind.

One example is the launch of national diabetic retinopathy screening and treatment services in Zambia, thanks to a link between the eye departments in Kitwe in Zambia and Frimley Park hospital in Camberley. The Government of Zambia has now agreed to provide mobile screening cameras for five provinces and training for ophthalmic nurses is under way.