Ona Network runs eye camps in the Dodoma region of Tanzania in East Africa, in order to increase the accessibility of eye care services to the community.

Eye camps are conducted between May and December of each year. They are usually two weeks long, and involve a team of about 14 people visiting a number of villages to provide free or low cost eye care and spectacles in towns and to screen patients for cataract surgery.

Volunteering during eye camps
Eye camps give volunteers from around the world the opportunity to restore functional vision to poor people in Africa. Trained optometrists and optical dispensers are assisted by ancillary staff in eye camps in both outlying villages and suburban areas. More information about volunteering is available on our volunteering page. So far over 80 volunteers from around the globe have volunteered with Ona Network restoring sight to thousands of poor people in remote areas in Tanzania.

The eye camps could not exist without the ongoing support from The Lions Recycling Centre in Brisbane who donates spectacles and the Queensland and Western Australian divisions of the Optometrists Association of Australia, who collect used spectacles and equipment from their members. The divisions also promote the work of Ona to their member Optometrists around Australia. Freight transport is donated by the Maersk shipping line.

Below you can see our volunteering video, based on the 2006 eye camp. This video shows the work done by Ona Network and its volunteers in restoring sight in Tanzania.

Read reports from previous camps here.