Friendship works with the most overlooked communities of Bangladesh in order to help maximize their potential. This project works with Southern coastal communities that fall victim to natural disasters frequently and have limited or no access to healthcare. Friendship's Rongdhonu Friendship Hospital works at meeting this need. The overall aim of the particular project is to restore eyesight for 50 individuals living in marginalized communities in disaster-prone areas of southern Bangladesh.
Eye problems here begin from unsafe pregnancies (mothers suffering from malnutrition, unsafe births and cataracts sometimes being caused by infections affecting the mother during pregnancy), to lack of immunization (rubella causing congenital cataract to the fetus and measles contributing to eyesight problems), to malnutrition (Vitamin A deficiency giving rise to visual impairing corneal scars) and environment (rising salinity of water leading to non-communicable diseases leading to cataracts).
The Rongdhonu Friendship Hospital will conduct an Eye Camp under this project with the aid of doctors from Bangladesh. The patients of this ship have received Eye Surgery care from reputed local doctors who tackled issues such as cataracts, pterygium, pyogenic granulomas, granuloma conjunctiva. The surgeries take place on the ship with movable recuperation tents set up on the land for the medical staff to follow up on their recovery and to deal with any complications that might arise.
The impact of this project on the 50 individuals undertaking eye surgery is measureless. They will be able to become proactive members of their communities, financially support their families and take charge of their own lives again. The medical team will be able to provide them with information on how to avoid further eye complications and on the importance of nutrition and immunization for the eye. The patients will then be able to disperse this information to their communities.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).
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