Bilal Eye Centre

About the Project


Temeke District is one of the three districts of Dar es Salaam. It is densely populated, with more than 1.5 million residents over an area of 729 sq km.

Temeke District has a historic significance for the Khoja Community as it is where the birth of Bilal Muslim Mission was envisioned by AFED in the 60’s. THe first Bilal Shia Mosque, Hawza and Madrassa were built in this district and have since then become the epicentre of the spread of the message of the Ahlul Bayt (as) in Africa.

Bilal Muslim Mission

Bilal Muslim Mission has over 35 years of experience in running regular eye camps. The statics from the camps indicate that 5-7% of the patients screened have cataract, the treatment of which is a simple cataract surgery. Unfortunately, non-availability and non-affordability provides no choice but to continue to remain blind.

Similarly, 7-12% of students screened have poor vision that greatly affects only their education, but also the quality of their daily life leading to low self-esteem and being marginalized at home and in society.

Facts and Figures

Blindness and vision impairment are one of the top ten health problems causing the most disability in Tanzania [1].

There is only one ophthalmologist to every 1 million people in Tanzania [2].

Visual impairment is a significant health problem in the African Region. The major eye conditions include cataracts, uncorrected refractive errors, glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration, corneal opacities, diabetic retinopathy, trachoma, and onchocerciasis.

With today’s knowledge and technology, up to 80% of blindness is preventable and treatable. Cost-effective interventions are available for the major causes of avoidable blindness. However, millions of people in Africa remain at risk of visual loss due to the lack of eye-care services.

Approximately 26.3 million people in the African Region have a form of visual impairment. Of these, 20.4 million have low vision and 5.9 million are estimated to be blind. It is estimated that 15.3% of the world’s blind population reside in Africa [3].

[1] Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation

[2] International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness


The Need

Market research and Bilal Muslim Mission’s experience in organising eye camps nationwide indicate that there is a significant need for quality, efficient, fast and affordable eye care related services and goods within the region. Non-availability and non-affordability are the major reasons most people with poor or low vision must suffer in silence.

Basic eye care services are offered by a very small number of private optical practices in Temeke and there is no other facility or hospital to provide any help beyond that. There is an urgent need of having a fully fledged eye clinic which provides first class eye related services with state of the art equipment at an affordable price or subsidised rate. Bilal Charitable Eye Centre believes that with competent staff and management, they can become the leading
choice for eye care related services in the district of Temeke and beyond.

The Centre plans to provide optometry services at very affordable and at times subsidised rates. Cataract and other minor surgeries will be provided free of charge.

Bilal Charitable Eye Centre

Bilal Charitable Eye Centre will be established at a facility that once used to operate KSIJ Dispensary Temeke, owned by the Bilal Muslim Mission of Tanzania and managed by the KSI Jamaat of Dar es Salaam.

The Eye Centre is located opposite Bilal Comprehensive School which will allow use of the vast and beautiful facilities of the school during the Free Eye Camps and Free School Vision Screening Programs run by Bilal Muslim Mission when a large number of people are expected.

How Can You Help? The Operating Room

The grant of $95,000 will be used to equip the operating room, pre-op, and post-op facilities at the Bilal Charitable Eye Centre including:

  • 2 surgical beds
  • pre-op blocking room to prepare the patient before surgery
  • scrub
  • changing rooms
  • equipment
  • post-op lounge to accommodate 6-8 patients after surgery
  • sterilisation equipment
  • air conditioner

Breakdown of Costs

ItemQuantityCost in $
LED 5 step operating Microscope with foot switch standing18,500
LED 5 step operating Microscope with foot switch portable with aluminum case18,000
Operation table motorized model: AAOT with foot switch12,400
YAG Laser 307 with slit lamp & motorized table118,500
Cautery bipolar1650
Cataract set53,750
Pterigium set2700
Evisceration set2600
Glaucoma set21,600
BTRP (Trichiasis) set21,100
Electrical anterior vitrectomy machine, portable AVIT17,500
Scrub sink combo1750
Sluice sink combo1750
Operating room AC11,200
Sterilization room sink combo1500
Table top autoclave digital 22L12,800
Second Theatre Bed12,400
Hospital Bed81,804
Bed side locker81,101
Mayo Table1547
Instrument trolley with 3 partition2700
Trolley 2 shelf1479
Theatre bucket kick191
Bar chair61,268
Stool without back rest3284
Hospital mattress8550
Medical trolley1313
Autoclave-50 L12,500
Dressing drums – stainless steel – various sizes6300
Autoclavable stainless steel dressing / instrument trays with covers – various sizes6360
Compliance to Ministry of Health regulations for anti-bacterial seamless flooring
and wall epoxy
Miscellaneous / Contigency2,940
Exchange / Transfer fees2,863
Sub – Total95,000
WF Aid Operational Cost4,500