There are thousands of people in Bangladesh who do not have the gift of vision or are slowly losing it. Cataract is severely causing blindness among people in this country lacking basic health care facilities. The problem worsens in the rural areas of the country where the health care facilities are in shamble. Every year thousands of people owing to poverty and lack of awareness lose their vision for life due to cataract which is cured with a cataract removal surgery.
Blindness doesn’t just remain a health problem but becomes a social problem for the people as they become burden on their families amidst stark poverty. In many cases affluent people also turn cataract blind due to lack of awareness and fear surrounding surgery. In a bid to help the masses get back their vision Touching Souls International conducts free eye camps in some of the most remote areas of the country. These camps have received tremendous response from the people of the rural areas who have very little access to health care facilities.
The New York based non-profit organization is on a mission to eradicate curable blindness due to cataract from Bangladesh. This is a small part of its greater endeavor of the charity work of the nonprofit organization which is relentlessly trying to bring about a change in the lives of the underprivileged people in Bangladesh by supporting health care, education and social awareness.
Over the last six years Touching Souls International has been giving regular eye camps in different districts of Bangladesh which has little access to proper health care facilities. These camps are conducted in the remotest of villages to help the poorest of poor people. In these eye camps thousands of people are provided with free eye checkup upon which around 50-60 people with acute cases of cataract are selected for cataract removal surgery.
Touching Souls International has teamed up with BNBS Eye Hospital in Mymensingh for these cataract removal surgeries. These patients are brought to the hospital and undergo cataract removal surgeries at the hands of some of the best doctors in the country. These patients are kept under observation for two days in the hospital. On the third day they undergo a review checkup before they are released. The charity organization also provides transportation to these patients back to their homes. Economically disadvantaged people are also provided with glasses after the cataract removal surgery.
So far Touching Souls International has provided 859 cataract removal surgeries in Bangladesh and brought in change in the lives of these people. Apart from running eye camps, the non-profit organization has been involved in many other projects such as cleft lip surgery, club foot surgery, artificial limb, palliative care, maternal health, child health, rehabilitation for paralyzed. It also supports education projects for the poor and meritorious students.