A project launched by IHH in cooperation with the international aid organization, “Sightsavers,” has kicked off. As part of the agreement betweenthetwo organizations foreseeing treatment of 1,000 cataract patients in Tanzania and Uganda, surgeries in Uganda have begun.
With the free-of-charge surgeries which will be conducted in five different regions of Uganda, 500 Ugandans who lost their vision due to cataract will regain their vision.
The surgeries have begun in Apac, a province in Uganda where there are no eye doctors. 100 cataract surgeries will be performed in Apac,Kamuli,Kayunga, Mbale and Gulu provinces each. The second leg of the surgeries will take place in Tanzania where 500 other cataract patients will also be treated.
With the Africa Cataract Project, which was launched in Uganda in 2007, 70,000 Africans who suffer from cataracts have been treated so far. With the latest campaign, there is an aim to treat 100,000 more Africans.