The Eastern Africa College of Ophthalmologists (EACO) is a registered specialized virtual college established in 2005 with the aim of addressing the chronic shortage of ophthalmologists in Eastern Africa, as well as improving the quality of eye care services in the region.
EACO's mandate is: to contribute to Human Resources for Health (HRH) through quality training in ophthalmology; set standards for professional ophthalmic practice; facilitate continuous professional development; and, promote research which advances ophthalmology in the region.
Its establishment was informed by similar initiatives as those of the medical colleges in South Africa and United Kingdom. EACO, however, aims to address the unique needs in Eastern Africa, based on evidence and priorities identified in the region.
EACO relates closely with other players in eye health and allied sectors through interventions in the greater Eastern Africa region comprising Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, Malawi, Ethiopia, Zambia, and South Sudan.
EACO’s mission and vision are in line with regional global commitments that seek to promote quality, equitable, accessible and efficient eyecare for the populations in the region.
EACO’s vision is “Eye Health for All in Eastern Africa.”
EACO’s mission is "to increase the number of ophthalmologists and improve the quality of eye care in Eastern Africa through training, research and sub-speciality."
The work of EACO revolves around the following strategic areas:
Supporting Human Resources for Health (HRH): EACO contributes to the development of HRH through making grants for residency scholarships, student rotation, continuous medical education, subspecialty training, fellows’ membership, and supporting residency and middle-level eye care staff training curriculum.Read more: Our Work