Giving the Gift of Sight in Masasi
285 million people are estimated to be visually impaired worldwide. 90% of these people live in developing countries. 80% of all visual impairment can be prevented or cured.
BCT is committed to supporting the establishment of medical clinics and mobile medical and eye camps throughout the World.
One such eye camp was sponsored by Beta Charitable Trust between the 28th April and 2nd May in Masasi, Tanzania. The medical team conducting the camp consisted of five surgeons and nurses and three volunteers.
These eye camps involve full screening of the eyes and patients who require surgery are referred to the surgical team and prepared for the relevant procedure at the local hospital. A total of 203 cataract surgeries were carried out at Mkomaindo Hospital and patients varied in age from 4 years to 82 years of age.
All patients that required an operation also received sunglasses for protection against the sun and dust as well as 3 bottles of eye drops.
Breakfast and dinner was also provided.
Special thanks to our project partner and ground team, BMM Tanzania.