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Patients were gathered for a picture before removing the dressing and doing the eye tests to measure the degree of visual acuity.
© Dr Jean-Pierre Bréchet
At Boa Vista in one day between 12 and 15 blind people with cataracts can be operated and the results are seen the next day on removing the dressing. Here all the operated people were gathered for a picture before removing the dressing and doing the eye tests to measure the degree of visual acuity.

CBM in Angola

CBM started support for the eye medical work at Boa Vista in Benguela in 1995.

About Angola

Angola officially the Republic of Angola is a country in Southern Africa. It is the seventh-largest country in Africa, and is bordered by Namibia to the south, the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the north and east, Zambia to the east, and the Atlantic Ocean to west. The exclave province of Cabinda has borders with the Republic of the Congo and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The capital and largest city of Angola is Luanda.

Angola has vast mineral and petroleum reserves. In spite of this, the standard of living remains low for the majority of the population, and life expectancy and infant mortality rates in Angola are among the worst in the world. The country is extremely dependant on international oil price and makes it vulnerable to falling commodity prices. Angola's economic growth is highly uneven, with the majority of the nation's wealth concentrated in a disproportionately small sector of the population.

Angola is a member state of the United Nations, OPEC, African Union, the Community of Portuguese Language Countries, the Latin Union and the Southern African Development Community. A highly multi-ethnic country, Angola's 24.3 million people span various tribal groups, customs, and traditions. Angolan culture reflects centuries of Portuguese rule, namely in the predominance of the Portuguese language and Roman Catholicism, combined with diverse indigenous influences.

Where we work

Boa Vista Eye Centre is situated in Benguela Province in Southern Angola, in the capital city of the Province, known as Benguela, the Red Acacia city. It is run by Solidariedade Evangélica (SOLE Angola). Together with the eye department of AEA Hospital in Lubango 400km south and Mbanza Congo 1200km north, also supported through Boa Vista, this CBM supported project provides the only high volume cataract surgery for 9 provinces of Angola, with a total population of about 8 million in the catchment area of the central, southern and northern part of the country. The estimated prevalence of blindness is 1% of which 50% is due to cataract. Glaucoma and corneal scar are the other leading causes of blindness.

Boa Vista Clinic comprises an outpatient clinic, a 28 bed ward, an operating room and support facilities. The ophthalmologists working at Boa Vista, AEA Hospital and Mbanza Congo run eye clinics and do eye surgery both at their bases and on outreach. The cooperation focuses on training eye care professionals (residents, cataract surgeons and nurses), strengthening the necessary resources, to further extend eye care in Angola, mobilizing the community in blindness prevention, and working with DPO organizations to improve the livelihood of those permanently blind.  The quality and quantity of the service for the eye patients is high, and attracts people from all over the 18 provinces of Angola.

Our country priority thematic area

Eye Health

Our partnership

Solidariedade Evangelica – SOLE in Angola (Boa Vista Eye Centre in Benguela)

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