Touching Souls International, a nonprofit organization acknowledges the precious gift of sight by providing sight to cataract blind in their free eye camps in different districts of Bangladesh. They are getting ready for their next eye camp of October 17th, 2010, in observance of the World Sight Day which is an annual day of awareness to focus global attention on blindness, visual impairment and rehabilitation of the visually impaired held on the second Thursday in October. On this camp more than 1000 patients will be screened for their cataract, 300+ patients will get eye medicines, 100 patients will get their needed eye glasses and around 60 patients may get free cataract removal surgeries. On their followup visit, the patients who need their eye glasses, they will be provided with that too. All expenses of these eye camps are provided by the nonprofit, Touching Souls International.
World Sight Day is observed around the world by all partners involved in preventing visual impairment or restoring sight. It is also the main advocacy event for the prevention of blindness and for “Vision 2020: The Right to Sight”, a global effort to prevent blindness created by WHO and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness.
Blindness, especially associated with cataracts, presents a significant problem all around the third world countries like Bangladesh, which has a significant number of sightless individuals looking for cataract removal surgical treatment. Cataract makes up about 80% associated with grownup loss of sight in the nation and there are anywhere in the region of 750,000 grown ups that are sightless.
Blindness because of to cataract provides an huge issue in Bangladesh in terms of financial reduction and cultural load. Even though cataract blindness is actually curable by cataract removal surgical treatment, right now there are numerous obstacles with regard to it for the disadvantaged individuals of Bangladesh. Such as monetary factors, long distance from the health care service, fear, and absence of assistance. Monetary obstacles continue to be the major reason for the cataract blind being unable to afford surgery. Many people in Bangladesh who become cataract blind might stay blind for the rest of their life, becoming a load to their own family and to culture.
Among many projects of the nonprofit organization, Touching Souls International, “Sight Restoration & Blindness Prevention Project” is one of them. It provides free eye camps going in different parts of Bangladesh. In each eye camp, sometimes, more than one thousand patients are screened for their eye problems, 100 patients get their needed eye glasses, 250 to 350 patients get their needed eye medicines, around 60 patients get cataract removal surgeries and these cataract surgery recipients who needs the glass in their post operative followup, they get their glasses too. Since the project’s inception, 2005, Touching Souls International has provided 591 cataract surgeries with lens implant free of charge for the poor people of different district of Bangladesh.
Our goal is to eradicate curable blindness in Bangladesh and we are seeking funding to expand the help to economically disadvantaged areas of Bangladesh.