Simple surgery to restore sight to Ethiopians

Oct 18, 2011

ORBIS surgery saves the sight of a young boy!

Eye Care Worker Performing Surgery on a Patient
Eye Care Worker Performing Surgery on a Patient

Before ORBIS’s intervention into regions of southern Ethiopia, blind or visually impaired children like Abush Gudeta had little hope of regaining their sight.

Suffering from trichiasis, a blinding complication of trachoma in which the eyelids turn inward and eyelashes rake across the eye’s surface, Abush endured horrific pain and discomfort for almost two years. He ultimately struggled at school and was unable to assist with simple household chores.   

His parents met a neighbour who had recently received trichiasis surgery as part of an ORBIS program. They recommended that they take Abush to see the eye care workers that were scheduled to return to their local health centre in the coming weeks.

When the time came, Abush and his mother walked several miles to the health centre, where an ORBIS-trained eye care worker performed the simple 20 minute procedure on Abush. Thanks to this straightforward procedure, Abush’s pain was relieved and his vision preserved.

In this remote part of Ethiopia, where primary care service is almost non-existent, ORBIS is bringing hope to thousands of children like Abush. With your support we can continue to conduct numerous outreach programmes to conduct these simple surgeries.  

ORBIS is implementing the World Health Organisation’s “SAFE” strategy, which is designed to prevent and control trachoma through conducting sight saving Surgeries, distributing Antibiotics, educating locals on the importance of Face washing and improving the Environment.

Abush after Surgery
Abush after Surgery

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