African Scottish Development Organisation free eye screening and health care project

Year established 2007
Sectors NHS
Country Nigeria

Overall goals

Improve health of population in need
Provide Appropriate Eye Screening and testing for population in need
Provide Eye Glasses to identified population in need
Provide medical treatment to population

Key UK Colleagues and Partners

Local Medical Personal
Faith Based Organisation

International Partners

Retired NHS Staff

Sustainable development goals

  • SDG 3 - Good health and well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced inequalities
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the goals

Funding source

Personal Funding
Health Equipment/eye glasses obtained from educational colleague

Project origin

The partnership came about with the formulation of the African Scottish Development Organisation and registration as a charity. Partnerships were formed with acaedemic partners in Queen Margaret University and Colleagues. Donations were provided from UK partners (friends and colleagues). Working together with local partners in Nigeria, eye glasses and medical treatment were then provided to beneficiaries.

Evidence of need

The evidence of need are statistics showing high incidence of infectious diseases in Africa
There are also statistics demonstrating economic inequality

Project areas

Health Improvement

Project activities

Sourcing of medical/ophthalmological equipment
Donation of glasses and surgical equipment
Provision of medical treatment


Improvement in health status of beneficiaries
Improvement in health education of beneficiaries

Next steps

Learn from experience
Source more medical/surgical equipment
Plan next round of delivery
Donate more equipment
Provide more medical, surgical and opthalmological services/products to beneficiaries in Africa and other parts of developing world


There are challenges in sourcing funding for work. Most of the work is undertaken with personal donations

Mitigating challenges

Access to funding specific for small agile organisations that can make a difference to populations.
Access to health care human resource who are available to travel to deliver short term projects

Partnership principles

  • strategic
  • harmonised
  • effective
  • respectful
  • organised
  • responsible
  • flexible

Project gains

  • leadership
  • teamwork
  • clinical
  • awareness
  • patient
  • resilience
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