Mehdi Bin Samad Says:
Working at the latest EYE CAMP at Jahangir Nagar University, Bangladesh, organized by Touching Souls International, has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.
Firstly, their idea of organizing an eye camp, thus, providing a form of specialized medicare, while not a novel concept but is rarely practiced at Bangladesh.
Providing a high quality free eye care is essential in Bangladesh mainly because, the working condition, lifestyle etc makes Bangladeshi adults (over 50) more susceptible to eye cataracts than many other South Asian Nations.
However, the financial state of vast majority of the sufferers, renders them unable to get support for their eye condition, which is often a very costly proposition, even at Bangladesh.
Touching souls International, apart from providing above 500 people with free eye check-up, spectacles and with medications, took the daring step of carrying out surgical removal of the eye cataract of selected patients.
Their initiative has certainly ensured that people who were removed from the workforce, despite their otherwise, healthy condition, are once again back to work, contribute to their family and to the society as a whole.
I wish Touching Souls International all the best in all their future endeavors and I really wish to work with them again…
Tahmina Sultan Says:
Thanks Mehdi for sharing your personal experience and opinion about our eye camps which we provide going in different parts of Bangladesh. Blindness due to cataract presents an enormous problem in Bangladesh in terms of economic loss and social burden. Although cataract blindness is curable by cataract removal surgery, there are many barriers for it for the disadvantaged people. Such as financial reasons, distance from the health care facility, fear, lack of service awareness, and lack of support. Financial barriers continue to be the major reason for the cataract blind being unable to afford surgery. Many people of Bangladesh who become cataract blind may remain blind for the rest of their life, becoming a burden to their family and to society. Cataract accounts for 80% of adult blindness in the country and there are currently somewhere in the region of 750,000 adults who are blind. Although our goal is to eradicate curable blindness in Bangladesh the amount of free cataract surgeries we are currently providing is like a drop of water in a big ocean.