Cataracts and uncorrected refractive errors are the two leading causes of visual impairment around the world. Over 90% of people suffering from visual impairment live in developing countries. Africa is the most vulnerable continent of all. Cataract surgery can take minutes, but cataracts still cause 49% of the world’s blindness due to lack of optical aid.
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. Despite this, our partners on the ground have been continuing their efforts and providing cataract surgeries where possible. Whilst there have been a pause in camps for some partners, others have been able to continue with safe distancing and restrictions in place.
BCT is continually committed to supporting the establishment of medical clinics and mobile medical and eye camps throughout the World. Cataracts are the leading cause of blindness worldwide, and together, we can fight to make such preventable conditions a thing of the past.
In 2019 we supported 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. Whilst 2020 has created circumstances beyond our control, our partners on the ground have continued the eye camps and surgeries where possible. Over 660 surgeries have been carried out in the last 6 months in remote areas of Arusha and Morogoro in Tanzania.
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.