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Turkey to carry out one million cataract surgeries in Africa

The project aims at performing 100.000 free cataract surgery operations in 12 African countries including Burkina Faso, Chad, Comoros, Ivory Coast, Djibouti, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mauritania, Mali, Mozambique, Niger, and Togo. 


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Updated: 03-04-2018 09:55 IST
Turkey to carry out one million cataract surgeries in Africa

Cataract surgeries in Africa by IDB and Turkey (Representative Image)

Turkey has teamed up with the Islamic Development Bank's (IDB) health project in Africa by offering one million cataract surgeries, told Eyup Gumus, Undersecretary, Health Ministry of Turkey.

Previously, the Islamic Development Bank has created a USD 30 million fund to conduct more than 100,000 cataract surgeries and provide glasses to a million children in Africa.

According to Turkey's Humanitarian Relief Foundation, the cataract surgery costs around USD 75.

Speaking at the official launch of the Second Generation of the Alliance to Fight Avoidable Blindness (AFAB-2) in the IDB's 43rd annual meet, held at Tunis, Gumus stated, "Turkey, one of the largest economies among Islamic nations, also provides eye examinations and 10 million free glasses."

He stressed the fact that millions of African people are suffering from cataract, glaucoma, retinopathy and other eye diseases and are expecting to be treated.

"About 33 million people in Africa suffer from visual impairment while nearly 75 percent of these cases can be prevented or treated, especially those related to cataract", told IDB President Bandar Hajjar.

"I call upon all IDB partners to support the Alliance with the aim of restoring sight for our brothers and sisters. It is a challenge to fight blindness but the collective efforts of all stakeholders, we are able to achieve our goals of ending blindness," he further added.

The project aims at performing 100.000 free cataract surgery operations in 12 African countries including Burkina Faso, Chad, Comoros, Ivory Coast, Djibouti, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mauritania, Mali, Mozambique, Niger, and Togo.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO) Cataract is a visual acuity (VA) of less than 3/60 in the better eye, is the leading cause of blindness in the world. It affects approximately 18 million people, 90 percent of them in low- and middle-income countries.

COUNTRY : Turkey