Thousands could go blind as Right to Sight’s funds dry up

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Thousands could go blind as Right to Sight’s funds dry up

A close-up of a doctor performing cataract surgery on a patient at the Lady Reading government hospital in Peshawar, Pakistan, 16 August 2017. Picture: EPA-EFE / BILAWAL ARBAB

The Second Sight Project will ‘struggle to accomplish its goals of ending preventable blindness in the target year of 2020’ without donations.

An estimated 290,000 South Africans could become blind due to untreated cataracts, with government facilities in most provinces unable to meet the demand for sight-saving surgery. Waiting lists stretch to well over a year. This is according to Right to Sight Trust chair Dr Bayanda Mbambisa, who heads the philanthropic arm of the Ophthalmological Society of South Africa, which has contributed more than R50 million to vision-restoring operations over the past three years. Trust funds to cover the costs of vital surgical consumables, like intraocular lens implants that restore vision, have dried up and Mbambisa warned this will have “dire...



 


 

 

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