EYE CARE SERVICES
Cataract is the number one cause of preventable blindness in the world. 1.6% of the Ethiopian population experiences blindness, with 50% due to cataracts. This not only affects the elderly; children and young people are also blinded by cataracts due to causes such as poor sanitation or inadequate nutrition. Blindness hinders individual health and productivity, as well as places exceptional burdens on families.
HIGH VOLUME CATARACT CAMPAIGNS
WEEMA partners with the Himalayan Cataract Project, one of the leading organizations providing cataract surgeries to the world’s poor. Each year for the past 2 years, we have hosted high volume cataract surgical campaigns at Durame Hospital in the Kembata-Tembaro Zone. Over 1,000 people are now cured from cataract blindness due to these campaigns. In 2016, we will hold a third campaign at Hosanna Hospital in the Hadiya Zone. All cataract services, including transportation to and from the hospital, are provided for free.