Around 600,000 Bangladeshis have cataracts – an eye condition that causes blindness. Though cataracts are easily treated through a simple and low-cost procedure. The poorest people are often unable to access basic healthcare services that could be saving or restoring their sight.
In 2013, Waqf funded a project that changed the lives of thousands of people with cataracts in rural Rangpur, one of the poorest areas in northern Bangladesh.
Therefore, working in two districts – Rangpur and Gaibandha – we delivered an intensive campaign to raise awareness of general eye health, hygiene, and eye-care. Around 6,600 people took part in awareness sessions. Focusing on the poorest and most vulnerable people, we provided transport to a specialist eye hospital in the region. There, patients received free screening and treatment – as well as post-operative medicine and medical support.
Moreover, the 1,100 people who regained their sight through cataract operations benefited from counseling sessions designed to prepare them for their new lives. In addition, about 4,000 people benefitted from general eye-care services, with 300 of these referred for specialist treatment.
“Before the operation, I couldn’t move anywhere without the help of others. I can see the colors of the world again. Islamic Relief has given me a new life”
Md Nur Islam, Rangpur, Bangladesh“
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