With humility & humanely, Doctor A serves Karamoja's 2.8 million marginalized poor people, who should be served by at least 4 eye doctors. Sensing that shame inhibits the poor from seeking eye care services at a hospital, her team uses community outreaches to do cataract surgeries - restoring sight & preventing blindness in thousands of poor people. Millions in Uganda are visually impaired & thousands blind. Doctor A's compassionate work needs support & replication to reach many more afflicted.
48 million Ugandans are served by 40 eye doctors who are mostly located in municipalities & cities in national referral hospitals serving huge geographic areas. Rural areas are under-served. The few eye doctors there deployed, such as Doctor A in Karamoja, are dealing with a huge numeric challenge of patients. And a population in which many hold questionable beliefs about medicine & medical practice; which negatively impedes their eye care seeking behavior; thus causing preventable blindness.
Little by Little, one eye at a time, CPAR Uganda will enable people from disadvantaged communities in rural Uganda to access eye care services. We will do so by equipping eye doctors, such as Doctor A, with the necessary material, medicines, equipment and other resources that they need to facilitate them to go to the people, through community outreaches, medical camps and home visits, to provide eye care services; and bring back to hospital the seriously afflicted in needed of specialized care.
"According to the Ugandan Ministry of Health, 57% of blindness cases in the country are due to cataracts, a condition that can be treated." It is the aspiration of CPAR Uganda that this project will contribute towards reducing the percentage of persons in Uganda who go blind when afflicted with cataracts. Direct beneficiaries will have eyesight & worth restored. As functional humans they will be able to lead a better quality of life for them and their households, unimpeded by visual impairment.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).