OPEN YOUR EYES ETHIOPIA

IN THE DARK

Over 12 million people in Africa are blind. In many African countries, one in every four children lose their site by the time they are five years old.

 

Close to fifty percent of all blind patients in Africa suffer from cataract disease; an easily curable and avoidable form of blindness.

 

In Ethiopia, one doctor is responsible for approximately 40,000 people. Millions of people die without ever seeing a doctor in their lifetime.

A VISION FOR THE FUTURE

In December of 2012, we embarked on a project aimed at curing cataract patients in Ethiopia of their blindness.

 

A campaign was launched in the UK to raise funds to provide five hundred blind cataract patients with cataract surgery.

 

Every successful cataract operation would not only give the patient a new lease of life, allowing them to seek an education, gain employment, or simply enjoy a better standard of life, but would also positively affect their families, many of whom are restricted from seeking an education or working due to their role as a full-time carer for their blind family member.

WHAT WE DID

With the help of a local and Turkish NGO, our medical aid team arranged screenings in various areas of the Amhara region of Ethiopia. thousands of people were screened and all those who were found to have cataract disease were short listed for cataract surgery.

 

A total of five hundred cataract patients were identified and successfully operated on. Those found with other conditions were referred to local hospitals for different treatments, medicines and spectacles.

Budget/Cost

Breakdown of project cost: Medical Aid, Ethiopia, December 2012

Item Unit cost (GBP) No. of items Total cost (GBP)
Cataract operation £50.00 500 £25,000.00
Total £25,000.00

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