Some stakeholders within the CBC Health Services have mapped out better strategies for the implementation of the Inclusive Eye Health Project approved and funded by CBM through the SEEPD Program. The implementation meeting took place at the Baptist Center Nkwen Bamenda on June 16, 2021 under the chairmanship of the Director of the Project, Prof. Tih Pius Muffih.
During the implementation meeting, the project was presented to the stakeholders drawn from CBC Health Services health facilities given that they are the main implementers. According to Mr. Tamon James who has been involved in developing the project proposal, the main objective of the project is to contribute to the fight against COVID19 and mitigate the economic effects of the pandemic on the health system.
The project will be implemented in 12 health districts of the Northwest Region namely: Tubah, Santa, Fundong , Oku, Ndop, Kumbo West and East, Bali, Nkambe, Bafut, Ndu, Batibo, and Wum.
Inclusive eye health ensures that eye care services are accessible and welcoming to all members of the community, including persons with disabilities and proactively ensuring that people with long-term vision impairment access their right to wider opportunities in rehabilitation, health, education, livelihoods, and social inclusion.
For two years of implementing the project, it is expected that there shall be improved infection prevention and control measures against COVID 19 in all the 16 participating health units in the NWR. There should also be improved capacities to provide high quality and inclusive eye health services, improved community awareness on prevention of blindness and COVID 19 for all persons in the community including persons with disabilities by building community network for eye care, as well as improvement in carrying out community outreach activities.
With a vivid understanding of the project, stakeholders used their experiences to make inputs on how to better implement the project. Through their contributions, the implementation plan was fully developed and validated for implementation.
As the meeting rose, the Director of CBC Health Services, Prof. Tih commissioned all actors involved to put hands on deck to ensure effective implementation for good results which will have an impact on the beneficiary population. He applauded the SEEPD Program Manager, Awa Jacques Chirac for his brilliant ideas of always developing new projects that add value to the CBC Health Services.