The Kenya Society for the Blind (KSB) is a charitable organization established in 1956 by an Act of Parliament to “promote the welfare, education, training and employment of the blind and to assist in the prevention and alleviation of blindness; assist the government, societies, any institution, organizations or society or person in all matters related to blind; help in awakening public interest in the welfare of the blind and in all matters relating to blindness and to advise on all things necessary or required in any matter to or connected with the blind”
In partnership with the Ministry of Education and other development partners, KSB is the implementing body of the Kenya Integrated Education Programme (KIEP). KIEP is being implemented in 22 counties covering 90 districts in 541 schools with a caseload of 2,500 children with visual impairment (CWVI). KIEP has been sponsoring learners with visual impairment, facilitating them with assistive devices (white canes, scientific Calculators, Braille Machines, Pep kits, Braille papers), Support training of teachers in Braille and facilitating coordination work in all the 22 counties.
KSB works hand in hand with the Kenya Ophthalmic Programme (KOP) under the Ministry of Health and in partnership with other stakeholders are mandated to reduce incidences of preventable blindness in Kenya by providing preventive and curative of Eye Care Services through integration of Primary Eye Care into the existing Primary Health Care system in the Country. Through these initiatives, uptake of Eye care services have been improved and taken closer to the people. The delivery of optical services in all public hospitals is on going and productivity of eye care workers is guarantee. Kenya so far has a total of 61 ophthalmologists, 54 cataract surgeons, 48 ophthalmic clinical nurses, 16 Ophthalmic Nurses against a total population of 40 million. This is the biggest national challenge in pursuance to vision 2020 on elimination of avoidable blindness.
KSB has embarked on several strategies to increase coverage of its services. The Mass Drug Administration in Marsabit against Trachoma is going on, Eye screening and treatment is on a monthly basis and provision of optical services has been stepped up.
To enhance the prevention of blindness, increase access to services and equalization of opportunities for visually impaired persons, through: enabling programmes, capacity building, networking, partnership and influencing change.
The Champion for a society in which no-one is needlessly blind and the needs, rights and participation of the visually impaired is ensured.