Lion Aravind Institute of Community Opthalmology (LAICO) was involved in the programme being a part of the Aravind Eyecare System which is a World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre for Prevention of Blindness.
It was aiming at raising the catract surgery rate from the present 200-400 for a million population to 2,000 to 3,000 surgeries in the sub-Saharan African region, LAICO Executive Director R D Thulasiraj said.
Thulasiraj said the surgical rates would be improved by laying emphasis on efficiency, quality and reaching out to the poor.
Five hospitals in sub-Saharan Africa had been identified for improving cataract surgery rates.
Lack of transporation facilities and insufficient human resources were reasons for the low surgery rates, he said in a press note.
The second phase commenced on April 21, he added.