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Chairman's Report

Friends Church Sabatia Eye Hospital has achieved tremendous growth in the past few years. We have witnessed remarkable growth in quality of our clinical services, increased number of patients seeking eye care services at the base Hospital and broadened outreach programmes in underserved parts of the country. These achievements have made the Hospital a household name in eye care within Western Kenya.

 

The Hospital achieved this through an ambitious outreach program covering many underserved areas, and by establishing new sites for eye camps as well as introducing modern surgery. With the support of local and international partners, we were able to attend to 36,227 eye patients and performed 4,715 eye surgeries in 2010.

 

The Hospital will aggressively seek out partnerships that support the achievement of its objectives. We will not only strengthen partner relations through timely and regular reporting, but also nurture new ones by establishing a special office for public relations, marketing and community mobilization to drive this strategy.

 

Overall, the difficult economic times saw the prices of supplies go up and patients’ ability to pay for services severely diminished. Yet, 2010 was a successful year.

 

The Hospital undertook various activities ranging from capital investments, clinical service delivery, policy development, human resource development, strengthening and broadening of partnerships, and pursuit of self-sustainability programmes in the face of great challenges.

 

The Hospital realized significant achievements despite the challenges encountered.

 

These included;

• Expansion of the outpatient unit to serve the increasing number of people seeking treatment at the unit.

• Construction of a new optical workshop to produce cost-effective glasses for patients. This building is funded by Safaricom Foundation to the tune of Kshs. 6 Million.

• The strengthening of the training mainly the Ophthalmic Skills Upgrading Course for eye care workers to help achieve Vision 2020 goal of the right to sight. Plans are under way to upgrade this course in order to convert the hospital into a tertiary medical training institution offering certificate, diploma and eventually degree courses.

• Development of the human resource through training and other welfare considerations.

• Over the past few years, the Hospital has made significant steps towards becoming self-sustaining. The institution has also entrenched cost management, resulting in the easing of budgetary constraints over the years.

• Paving of the access and internal roads to improve the image of the hospital. The above achievements would not have been possible without the support from our Partners, Board Members, Staff and Clients. We look forward to a better 2011.Although the Hospital achieved significant results across the board; it encountered several challenges in 2010. These included;

• The reduction in Lions Clubs funding for eye camps which hampered the Hospital’s outreach programs.

• The Hospital experienced a high turnover of nursing staff, including the low vision therapist, who left to join Government Service.

• Dr. Demissie Tadesse, the long-serving Hospital Director left on expiry of his Contract at the end of the year, before the recruitment of a suitable replacement. The Hospital had recorded tremendous growth in quantity and quality of services offered during Dr. Demissie’s tenure.

The search for a new senior ophthalmologist to replace Dr. Demissie is continuing. The Hospital has also instituted human resource policies and practices to attract and retain qualified staff. We will continue to strengthen and broaden partnerships to raise the resources needed to enable the Hospital reach out to the needy Clients in grossly underserved communities.

 

We look forward to a better future. Together we can do more.

 

Alfred  M  Lulu

Chairman, Board of Directors


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