Sierra Leone, Lunsar. September 20, 2011. Photography by Mustafa Öztürk
Half of the 12 million African people with eye problems suffer from cataract. There is usually one doctor per 40,000 inhabitants in countries located in the Saharan Belt such as Niger, Chad, Mali, Burkina Faso, and Ethiopia among others. Millions of people die without seeing a doctor all their life. IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation launched a project in 2007 to perform cataract surgeries with the slogan “They Need You to See” and has been bringing people out of darkness with your donations since then.
Sierra Leone has been added to the list of countries such as Benin, Ghana, Chad, Niger, Sudan, Ethiopia, and Somalia where cataract surgeries are conducted. In cooperation with our partner organization Wellington Muslim Association, 2330 persons were given eye examinations in Lunsar City of Port Loko District in the Northern Province of Sierra Leone. Thereafter 500 of them underwent cataract surgery.
In the Africa Cataract Campaign, 157,127 people have been screened for eye problems as of June 2011; 51,787 people were operated on and brought to light. A cataract surgery costs TL 120 and the project is financed by charitable people from Turkey.