Ben & Victoria Ononeze Foundation (BAVOF) plans to provide 200 cataract operations to 200 villagers in south Eastern Nigeria. BAVOF also provides annual free eye tests, glasses and medicines for most common conditions (e.g. diabetes, high blood pressure and malaria) to the villagers.
In Nigeria, there is no National Health Service and Health Insurance. This means that the majority of individuals are responsible for their own health care. The very poor cannot afford to pay for medical care. BAVOF therefore provides free medical outreach to poor communities. About half of the people who attend the medical outreach have eye problems of which cataract is the most common. The Foundation will provide cataract operations to restore sight and improve health and wellbeing.
We partner with volunteer registered health professionals working in local health facilities (state and private) to provide cataract operations for people in rural south eastern Nigeria. This includes health talks, free sight tests, consultations and surgery. By improving and restoring sight, these people who are mostly bread winners are able to carry on providing for their families and lifting themselves out of poverty.
The project will restore sight to 200 people, helping them to provide for their families and rise out of poverty. Education about eye diseases and restoring sight in people with cataract will help reduce the level of blindness in the working adult population and benefit local economy.
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