HM KNUST Low Vision Project

In sub-Saharan Africa, more than four million people are blind, and about seventeen million suffer from moderate to severe visual impairment, with the etiology of vision loss poorly understood. Optometrists' work is made difficult or impossible by the lack of assistive devices for the visually impaired and the absence of referral centers for routine treatment of the visually impaired, so that about two-thirds of patients seeking treatment for the visually impaired are often not treated. This project will train students and eye care professionals at different levels of health care. For sustainable implementation of low vision services, we cooperate with local hospitals and eye clinics from the beginning. We are establishing secondary and primary low vision centers that will provide a model service to patients in the Ashanti region.  These centers will be established in accordance with WHO international standards for the rehabilitation of the visually impaired. These centers will be linked to KNUST's tertiary center for the visually impaired to ensure the transfer of knowledge from the latest research findings into clinical work.   The linking of local health centers with regional clinics up to university level care characterizes this project. In addition, a sustainable online learning platform for the training of already established healthcare providers in the field of low vision care is being established.



Supported by BayFOR:

Research Focus:

  • Education / Skills / Capacity Building
  • Medicine and Health

Project Coordination:

Munich University of Applied Sciences
(Hochschule München, HM)

Project Partner:

Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology


Germany (Bavaria), Ghana

Funding Agency:

Else-Kroener-Fresenius Foundation


- 31/03/2026