Ophthalmology is an underserved area of Kenya’s health sector. There are few low-cost institutions well equipped to provide eye care and those that do exist are often overwhelmed.
Now PSP4H is assisting CEH to develop a fully self-sustaining business model whereby the revenues from the optical shop selling prescription glasses to high and low-income patients are driving a core part of the business and helping keep the cost of procedures and services low. City Eye Hospital currently charges KSh300 (£2) for a consultation, almost half of their nearest competitor
Dr Kibata, an ophthalmologist, was inspired to act and opened The City Eye Hospital (CEH) in 2015 and is pioneering a unique model to deliver eye care for low-income patients.
The hospital is targeting clients like xx year old xxx, who came to CEH after having sought assistance at several other clinics. Some patients cannot afford the subsidised costs but CEH’s policy is to never turn away any patient who is in need and can benefit from their interventions
Through support from PSP4H, a UKaid funded project to research how to improve access to affordable quality healthcare, the City Eye Hospital were able to understand the buying habits of their low-income patients, their ability and willingness-to-pay.
As an additional benefit, it is envisaged that City Eye will also provide more facilities for junior eye clinicians to train and gain experience, addressing the sector’s skill gap.