By Dr Will Dean

Oct 13th 2010

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World Sight Day 2010

Categories: Adult, Blindness, CBM

Thursday 14th is World Sight Day! An international day of awareness to focus attention on the global issue of avoidable blindness and visual impairment.

80% of global blindness is avoidable.

4% of the World’s population are blind or severely visually impaired. That’s four times the population of the UK! It’s truly staggering, but we are also celebrating. Yes there is a lot of need indeed, but we are winning the war on blindness.

It is incredible to think that CBM have with 102 years’ of disability and development experience and expertise performed over 10 million cataract operations. And together with the WHO and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness, the burden of avoidable blindness is being tackled. We need to carry on this work, and increase even more as we count down to 2020.

But, it’s numbers. Numbers that I can’t really get my head around. What really counts to me, the staff at Nkhoma, and most importantly the patient… is that the 10 minutes, or even 6 minutes it takes for that cataract operation (and £20 donated by a kind supporter of CBM) will change that individuals life. Forever.

New sight, New Life

Or as we say in Nkhoma…

Kuona kwa tsopano

Moyo wa tsopano

Mrs Samuel in her village before coming to hospital

Mrs Samuel back at home, a month after cataract surgery

Mrs Kadzichi being escorted by another patient to the ambulance

Arriving back in the village, a week after surgery

In line, waiting for surgery

Mrs Kadzichi back at home in the village

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