On January 23rd, 2011 Touching Souls International had their eye camp in Islampur, Jamalpur, Bangladesh. More than one thousand patients were screened for cataract. Fifty eight patients were selected to get free cataract removal surgery with lens implants. Three hundred patients received eye medicine and more than one hundred patients received eye glasses. All patients selected for surgery are taken by bus to Mymensingh BNBS Eye Hospital to have their surgery. On January 25th, these patients will be brought back to their original hometown. All expenses for this purpose are financed 100% by the nonprofit organization, Touching Souls International.
Touching Souls International which has been active in philanthropy and community development activity has conducted many eye camps and conducted free cataract surgeries with lens implant for people in real need. It has conducted 859 surgeries for people free of cost. The organization stands by its mission of eradicating curable blindness due to cataract in Bangladesh and helping economically disadvantaged people in the country.
One of the key areas of concern that was noticed by the organization was the post-operative care for people undergoing cataract surgeries. Most of these patients undergoing cataract surgeries owing to poverty and illiteracy do not take proper post-operative care resulting in infections and other complications. To deal with this situation Touching Souls International is providing free post-operative care to the patients undergoing cataract surgery.
As a part of the post-operative care Touching Souls International is providing complimentary glasses to the patients undergoing cataract surgeries. It is also ensuring that the patients stay in the BNBS Eye Hospital in Mymensingh for two days after their surgeries. On the third day patients are released wherein they and their accompanying attendants are given education on the dos and the don’ts they need to ensure at home for success of the surgery.
The non-profit organization also conducts a review checkup for the patients after a gap of three weeks where they are provided with glasses in case needed free of cost. There has been tremendous response to these camps conducted in these backward districts of Bangladesh. In each camp approximately 60 disadvantaged individuals are undergoing cataract removal surgeries.