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New approach in training in East Africa: vitreo-retinal surgery from 2000 to 2007 in Kenya
  1. C-L Schönfeld1,
  2. M Kollmann2,
  3. P Nyaga3,
  4. O Onyango3,
  5. V Klauß4,
  6. A Kampik4
  1. 1Augenklinik Herzog Carl Theodor, München, Germany
  2. 2Department of Ophthalmology of the University of Nairobi, Kenya
  3. 3Department of Ophthalmology of the Kenyatta Hospital, Nairobi, Kenya
  4. 4Universitätsaugenklinik der Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, München, Germany
  1. Correspondence to Dr C-L Schönfeld, Augenklinik Herzog Carl Theodor, Nymphenburger str 43, 80335 München, Germany; cb.schoenfeld{at}gmx.net

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From an estimated total of 37 million blinds worldwide, a vastly over-proportional share of seven million is living in Africa.1 2 Most causes of blindness in developing countries are relatively easy to cure, provided minimally adequate medical resources are available, resulting in an evident demand for ophthalmologic measures particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa.1 Therefore, the WHO has initiated a program in 1995 to reduce the number to 25 million instead of the predicted 75 million blinds in 2020.3 4

In the wake of the 1998 al-Qaida bomb assault on the US embassy in Nairobi, Kenya, the Ludwig-Maximilians-University (LMU) Munich provided devices and materials …

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