As far as the eye can see in the Slums of Kenya



As far as the eye can see in the Slums of Kenya - Beta Charitable Trust

 

Beta Charitable Trust’s work supporting eye camps has helped provide various clinics to serve close to 15,000 needy people in low income families across Kenya. These camps have provided services including the medication to treat over 13,000 patients with various eye conditions, and have helped experts to facilitate towards providing over 4,700 patients with spectacles.

This November BCT has proudly sponsored a 1 day eye camp in Majengo; a densely populated slum on the outskirts of Nairobi.

 

 

Though the camp was requested at very short notice, vital ophthalmic services were provided at the Pumwani Social Hall to the disadvantaged people of Majengo, where a total of 181 people were treated with services including medication to treat eye diseases, prescription of spectacles and diagnosis and referral of cataract blindness cases for sight restoration surgeries. The table below provides a breakdown of the number of people served per service:

 

ACTIVITY NO. OF PEOPLE SERVED
 Total no. of patients seen   181
 Spectacles given out to improve vision   73
 Eye drops dispensed to treat eye diseases  92
 Cataract blind cases diagnosed and referred for surgery   12

 

Of the 181 people served, the youngest were aged between 1-5 years, and the eldest aged between 71-90 years. With a majority aged between 51 years – 70 years old, the significance of this camp has had a huge impact across a wide variety of people living in this slum area.


The expertise and caring nature of the team of volunteers involved has truly made the camp a success. The ongoing support of our dedicated donors has meant that we have again been able to change the lives of disadvantaged individuals who have now been given the hope of a much brighter future.