Right to Sight
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more than 7 million people suffer from needless blindness. More than
half of this blindness is due to cataract.
Using new surgical technology patients with cataract can regain their
sight, and their blindness can be cured by a 10 minutes operation at the
cost of 25 Euros.
Rotarians in Ireland just made one contribution of €25 euros each we in Rotary
could give sight to over 1000 people.
operation requires ophthalmology competence as well as modern surgical
south of Sahara there is less than 1 eye surgeon per 1 million inhabitants.
Sight transfers competence and new technology to African doctors.
way Right to Sight can support the build-up of a good quality local
African eye care service, and enable the ophthalmologists to reach more blind
patients through the effective and faster operation technique, SICS,
"Small incision cataract surgery".
Right to Sight aims to eradicate all curable blindness on
the African continent.
people have regained sight through a simple cataract operation enabled through
Right to Sight since 2005.
Sight has trained more than 320 eye specialists, nurses, clinic attendants,
administrative personnel and managers.
Right to Sight has several ongoing projects in Kenya,
currently a training centre for cataract surgery in Kisii, and supporting
cataract surgery training at the University of Nairobi. There is desperate need for training
ophthalmologists in eye care in children, and we have special focus on this in
our program at Kwale District Eye centre in Mombasa."