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GERMAN NGO TO TRAIN OPTICIANS AND OPTOMETRISTS IN UGANDA

Saturday, 30th June 2018
Mr. Gerd Muller, Federal Minister of Economic Cooperation and Development, was the guest of honour at the German Parliamentary Society Luncheon held in honour of Senior Experten Service
Projekthilfe Uganda eV, a locally registered, non-profit association in Kyamulibwa, Masaka, is to partner with the German Eye Opticians Development Service to train a number of opticians and optometrists in Uganda. This was revealed by Dr. Muller Reinhard, while interacting with Mr. Fred Moses Mukhooli of the Uganda Embassy, during this year's German Parliamentary Society Luncheon held in honour of Senior Experten Service (SES) on 26th June 2018. SES - the Foundation of German Industry for International Cooperation - is the largest German volunteer placement organisation for retired skilled and management professionals.

Dr. Reinhard said that the German Eye Opticians Development Service had developed a procedure for producing glasses with very little technical and financial resources and intended to train about 4 optometrists and 2 opticians in the first batch of trainees. He added that there was need for trained specialists to provide primary vision care ranging from sight testing and correction to the diagnosis, treatment, and management of vision changes. Optometrists are licensed to practice optometry, which primarily involves performing eye exams and vision tests, prescribing and dispensing corrective lenses, detecting certain eye abnormalities, and prescribing medications for certain eye diseases. Opticians, on the other hand, are technicians trained to design, verify and fit eyeglass lenses and frames, contact lenses, and other devices to correct eyesight. They use prescriptions supplied by ophthalmologists or optometrists, but do not test vision or write prescriptions for visual correction.

Mr. Mukhooli, on his part, welcomed the training offer and pointed out that the Ugandan government shared the goals of the World Health Organisation's Vision 2020 global initiative that aims eliminating avoidable blindness by the year 2020 and that the Embassy was ready to do its part in facilitating those involved in this project. He looked forward to interacting with Ms Christel Henecka, Director, Projekthilfe Uganda eV to set the ball rolling.

Source: Uganda Embassy, Berlin

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