Restore sight to 200 villagers in rural Nigeria.

by Ben & Victoria Ononeze Foundation
Restore sight to 200 villagers in rural Nigeria.

Restore sight to 200 villagers in rural Nigeria – Project ID 44482

 

Hello everyone and thank you for your continued support for our project to Restore sight to 200 villagers in South Eastern Nigeria, which provides much needed general and specialist eye care services.

 

We are both excited and delighted to announce that we carried out our first cataract operations last January. As we said in our November 2021 report, we carried out field eye screening of 327 people on the 10th & 11th September 2021, out of which 26 were identified as requiring specialist investigations. Nine (1 in both eyes) went to have cataract operations on 8th January 2022. The individual who was operated on both eyes is an 80 year old man who has been blind for six years – see photo with his wife and one of the project directors three days after operation bottom right.

 

We have also started our Medication Maintenance Programme, working with local health professionals. The aim is to enable the poorest individuals to receive regular supplies of medications (for high blood pressure for now) to help them maintain some level of control of the condition.

 

We provided more small interest free loans to the poorest families, to assist them with petty trading and subsistence farming to feed their families.

 

We are already planning for the next cataract operations in Dec 2022/Jan 2023 and look forward to sharing the good news with you.

 

Thank you so much for your continued support and wish you well

 

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We hope you are keeping well and safe as the Covid-19 pandemic is not over, and you are doing all you can to reduce the impact on you, everyone around you and the wider society.

 

Thank you for your continued support for our project to Restore sight to 200 villagers in South Eastern Nigeria, whichprovides much needed general and specialist eye care services.

 

We are pleased to inform you that we have restarted our outreach work. As we said in our last report in July, we carried out field eye screening of 327 people on the 10th & 11th September 2021. Of the 327 people examined, we identified 26 people requiring specialist investigations and about half will go on to have cataract operation by the end of the year.

 

We will also start our Medication Maintenance Programme in January 2022, working with local professionals. The aim is to enable the poorest individuals to receive regular supplies of medications (mainly for high blood pressure and diabetes) to help them maintain some level of control of these conditions.

 

We are also continuing to provide small interest free loans to the poorest in communities who have been disproportionally affected by the pandemic, assisting them with petty trading and subsistence farming to feed their families.

 

We thank you so much for your continued support.

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Thank you for your continued support for our project to Restore sight to 200 villagers in South Eastern Nigeria, whichprovides much needed general and specialist eye care services.

The Covid-19 pandemic continues to impact on our and local partners ability to undertake charity work, and the ongoing security problems in southern eastern Nigeria are making things worse.

The good news however, is that we have two eye screening sessions this September to provide eye tests and prep individuals for cataract operations. 

For our wider charity work, we are continuing with arrangements to start a medication maintenance programme by the end of the year, working with local health centres. The aim is to enable the poorest individuals to receive regular supplies of medications (mainly for high blood pressure and diabetes) to help them maintain some level of control of these conditions.

We are also continuing to provide more small interest free loans to the poorest in communities who have been disproportionally affected by the pandemic, assisting them with petty trading and subsistence farming to feed their families.

We thank you so much for your continued support.

Please stay safe and keep well!

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Welcome to the third report of our project.

We thank you for your continued support for our project to Restore sight to 200 villagers in South Eastern Nigeria, whichprovides much needed general and specialist eye care services.

We have not been able to undertake outreach eye care because of the Covid-19 pandemic, which has also impacted on our partner hospitals ability to accommodate charity work. We have started to plan for some eye screening sessions and cataract operations before the end of year.  We look forward to sharing the progress in future reports. 

We are arranging to start a medication maintenance programme, working with local health centres. The aim is to enable the poorest individuals to receive regular supplies of medications for mainly high blood pressure and diabetes, to help them maintain some level of control of these conditions.

The pandemic continues to affect disproportionally poor communities. So we have provided more small interest free loans (the other objective of our Foundation) to households who rely on daily incomes from petty trading or sell of goods from subsistence farming to feed their families, and people in low paid workers who have lost their jobs.

Thank you so much for your continued support. Please stay safe and keep well!

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Welcome to the second report of our project.

We start by thanking you for your continued support for our project to Restore sight to 200 villagers in South Eastern Nigeriawhich provides much needed general and specialist eye care services.

The continuing global Covid-19 pandemic means that we have been unable to undertake any outreach eye services. The ability of the hospitals we partner with to provide specialist eye care has also been limited by the impact of Covid-19.

We continue to direct our work on the other objective of our Foundation, which is to provide small interest free loans to households experiencing huge hardship made worse by Covid-19. As research has shown the pandemic affects disproportionally poor communities and households who rely on daily incomes from petty trading or sell of goods from subsistence farming to feed their families. People in low paid workers have also lost their jobs. We have issued loans of about £100 each (equivalent of 50,000 Naira in Nigerian currency) to additional 15 individuals since our last report in July 2020. We have also provided more food aid for distribution in communities.

We hope to restart the planning for eye screening sessions and arranging cataract operations early next year 2021, Covid-19 permitting.  We look forward to sharing the progress in our mission to restore sight with you soon.

Thank you so much for your continued support. Please stay safe and keep well!

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Ben & Victoria Ononeze Foundation

Location: Ferryhill - United Kingdom
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Victoria Ononeze
Ferryhill, Durham United Kingdom
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