Eye cataract removal operations

It is estimated that 1% of the population of sub-Saharan Africa (77million) suffer from blindness due to cataracts.

In Nigeria alone, it is estimated that 5 million Nigerians are blind or visually impaired. 80% of this blindness and visual disability is preventable and/or treatable. Cataracts, the clouding of the human lens of the eye, is responsible for more than 50% of avoidable blindness yet sight can be easily restored by a 30 minute operation. Today, less than 10% of these cases receive surgical treatment.

Nigeria also has an estimated 100,000 blind children (age 0-15). About half of them will die within two years of becoming blind.

Nigeria has 255 Ophthalmologists to serve a population of 120 million people, which is about 1 Ophthalmologist for every 500,000 people, as compared with 1 for 18,000 in the USA .

80% of the visually handicapped live in the rural areas where access to eye care services is not readily available. 80% of trained Ophthalmologists are located in the urban cities.

Cataract surgery is one of the most cost-effective of all health interventions. It is as cost-effective as immunization, and can have a very significant and rapid impact in reducing the global burden of avoidable blindness.

We at Action Charity Trust plan to have an eye camp in September of 2010. This will be achieved by working in conjunction with the local and state governments. The eye camp will be held at the Federal Medical Centre in Umuahia.


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