Cataracts and uncorrected refractive errors are the two leading causes of visual impairment around the world and there are over 90% of people suffering from visual impairment live in developing countries. Cataract surgery can take minutes, but cataracts still cause 49% of the world’s blindness due to lack of optical aid.
BCT is continually committed to supporting the establishment of medical clinics and mobile medical and eye camps throughout the World.
As Covid-19 has spread across the world, those already living in rural areas and marginalised from receiving medical aid are at greater risk than ever. Whilst there have been a pause in camps for some partners, others have been able to continue with safe distancing and restrictions in place.
December 2020 Update;
In 2020 we supported 79 eye camps where over 10,000 patients were screened and 3000 successful cataract surgeries took place.
A huge thank you to all our partners on the ground who have continued their hard work in serving the poorest in society through these unprecedented times.
In 2019 we supported a total of 68 camps and funded the cost of over 3000 cataract surgeries. One camp in particular screened over 5000 patients and delivered 238 cataracts and 25 other minor eye related surgeries.
These life changing surgeries are vital in aiding the needy across rural areas of Kenya, Tanzania and India.We are very grateful to our partners
on the ground who have pushed through the uncertainty and continued their hard work by restoring sight and giving hope for a brighter future.
Their work during these dangerous times is hugely significant.
If you would like to donate towards this any of these eye camps, please use this link. Every amount, however small, goes a long way in giving the gift of sight to those who are otherwise left hopeless.