Democratic Republic of the Congo

Photo: A child in the DR Congo with congenital cataract, waiting for surgery. Credit: Dieter Telemans

New Eye Clinic for Lualaba Province

2016 saw the opening of a new eye hospital in Kolwezi, capital of Lualaba province, operational since the beginning of May 2016 and is the fourth ophthalmic clinic supported by Light for the World in this country. It will allow the treatment of a greater number of patients in a region in dire need of eye care. In 2016 the hospital already performed 15,458 consultations and 651 eye operations. Local eye health specialists are being trained on site to address the shortage of ophthalmologists and other skilled personnel.

In 2016, a total of 60,643 people received eye care services in all four clinics supported by Light for the World and 2,852 cataract surgeries were performed.

DR Congo
Map: DR Congo
  • Area: 2,344,885 km2
  • Population: 81.3 million
  • Life expectancy: 57.3 years
  • Ophthalmologists: 79
  • Ophthalmologists supported by us: 5
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Jess Blijkers. Credit: Gregor Kuntscher

Your contact person for our programmes in the DRC: Jess Blijkers

+43 1 810 13 00 - 16
j.blijkers [at]

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