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 of Bangladesh. Such as financial reasons, distance from the health care facility, fear, lack of service awareness, lack of support. Financial barriers continue to be the major reason for the cataract blind to have the cataract removal surgery. So for many people in Bangladesh who becomes cataract blind may remain blind for the rest of their life, becoming burden for the family and the society. We need good amount of support from all corners to save the sights of these cataract blinds which is preventable.
Touching Souls International, a nonprofit organization provides free cataract surgery for the needy patients of Bangladesh. Blindness, specially related to cataracts, poses a major challenge all over the developing world. Bangladesh, as one of the developing countries, has a large number of blind requiring cataract removal surgery. 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 as a result the prime cause of blindness is the cataract.
Touching Souls International provides the free eye camps with main intention to find out the elderly people who are visually disabled for cataract. The nonprofit organization sponsors all the expenses required for cataract surgery. The very poor segment of the society in a least developed country like Bangladesh (where there is no Social Security safety net) benefits a lot from the service sponsored by Touching Souls International. Almost in every month an eye camp is sponsored by Touching Souls International at different parts of the country, preferably a bit remote places are chosen as service providing sites. From 800 to 1200 people visit these Eye camps. Almost 300 eye patients receive prescription and almost 85% of the prescribed eye medicines. Near about 100 visually impaired people receive eye-glasses totally free. In a camp usually 40 to 60 patients are selected for cataract surgery. The unique arrangement by Touching Souls International is that beside free surgery these poor patients receive free transportation to and fro, and also their food expenses from the next 2 days at the hospital are financed by the nonprofit organization. Three weeks after the surgery the patients also receive a free follow-up by the same doctors, in their own household vicinity. What more someone can ask from a philanthropic organization?.