Eyehealth – Restoring Sight
80% of blindness can be cured or prevented. Some 90% of people affected by blindness or low vision live in low income developing countries. Gaining access to eye health services can sometimes be an impossibility.
33% of sight loss issues are because of cataracts. Often affecting adults over the age of 50, their impact goes beyond the person and creates issues for families where grandparents play a strong carer role for children.
Based in Kibaha, a town outside Dar Es Salaam, Medewell is a local charitable medical clinic providing a range of primary healthcare services. From early 2015 to 2017, we worked them to develop and deliver a range of services for the poor, in particular increasing their screening programme and also developing a service for children with low vision.
With your support, DWW and Medewell were able to carry out 3,000 eye screening consultations for poor patients with eye diseases and refractive errors, as well as 576 operations to restore sight – all for free.