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You have given light to more than 157 thousand people

Over the last 14 years, because of your goodness, more than 157 thousand people have regained their sight. The cataract operations, which began in Africa in 2007 under the slogan "If you can see, they should too," are now spreading throughout the world.

Cataract is most commonly seen in elderly patients in Turkey, and if left untreated, it can lead to blindness. It is widespread due to factors such as malnutrition, long-term exposure to bright light, and eye traumas, in addition to old age. Millions of people lose their sight and rely on others because they cannot afford surgery.
    • How Do Cataract Patients See the World?
    • Is It Possible to Cure It?
      The cure is the surgery only and it only takes 15 minutes. However considering the poverty and lack of adequate resources ieven a short surgery as such can be impossible
    • What Does IHH Do For This Matter?

      We have been facilitating surgeries since 2007. So far we have done;

      Medical check-up on 797.323 people.

      Medical examination on 385.739 people

      Surgeries on 157.000 patients who regained their eyesight

      Since 2007 IHH has facilitated periodic cataract surgeries in 18 African countries in total which are as follows: Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Ghana, Mali, Chad, Uganda, Tanzania, South Africa, Sierra Leone, Niger, Sudan, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Somalia, Bangladesh, Pakistan and India. In 2014 we have established an eye hospital in Niger where surgeries are carried out regularly.

    • Patience Selection and Surgery Duration

      The number of patients in regions where we conduct cataract operations is determined according to the donations made. The number of cataract patients treated depends on the budget allocated for this purpose.  Determining the patients, the duration of surgery and recovery process can vary according to the country. As legal procedures are long in certain countries, this can increase this process to up to 6-8 months.

    • How Can I Contribute?
      You can fund the surgery of an African cataract patient to regain his eyesight by donating 75$ only. You should see the patients leaving the hospital with smiling eyes that are able to see and pray for the donors. Because if you see them they will also see.


I want to open the eyes of a cataract patient



157 thousand people in 14 years

For the past 14 years, IHH has continued its operations in Africa, assisting 157 thousand people in regaining their sight. IHH, which operates under the slogan "Goodness anytime and anywhere" is expanding its operations globally.

Niger Eye Hospital

In Niger, where deserts cover 60 percent of the land, there are 130.000 cataract patients due to insufficient healthcare services. The most common cause of cataract in this area is sand getting into the eye, which is one of the causes of cataract. In 2014, IHH supported in the establishment of an eye hospital in Niamey, Niger's capital. The hospital, which provides hope and light to thousands of patients who are unable to receive surgery due to a lack of financial and technical resources, plans to operate on 6,000 patients over the next five years. Furthermore, specialized doctors from Turkey provide medical training for local doctors to become qualified to perform the surgeries.



When we landed in Togo it was extremely hot. I visited African countries before, but this time it was different, we came to perform cataract surgeries on 300 people. This would mean 300 people regaining their sight. They asked me to remove the bandages from the eyes of a child. I was so excited. I bent over and tried to remove the bandages. I tried to remove the bandages slowly, as if I was trying not to scare a small bird. After I removed the second bandage I noticed she was looking into my eyes. I was the first person she had ever seen. She was so surprised, and I was so happy and excited. I don’t really know how to describe such happiness. She looked at me for a while, then she began to look at everything around her. Things I had seen thousands of times and was used to seeing were strange to her. She screened everything around her like a scanner. I am not sure if I have ever seen such a beautiful scene before in my life. A simple cataract operation can make such a huge difference to a person, but they neither have the means, nor the money for this.”  

İzzet Şahin / Togo