#BringSightToBotswana

THE PROJECT

$250,000 goal. 65,000 visually impaired and blind**. 6,000 waiting for their sight. 9 partners. 3 years. 1 country. #BringSightToBotswana

Almost 65,000 people in Botswana are visually impaired or blind, mostly due to cataracts or refractive errors. With the help of Combat Blindness International, Peek Vision and the Botswana Ministry of Health, Bring Sight to Botswana is working to:

  • Increase yearly cataract surgeries to 5,000+ by 2017*
  • Reduce the magnitude of those with blindness from 15,000 to 10,000 by 2019*
  • Reduce the magnitude of those with visual impairments from 50,000 to 35,000 by 2019*
  • Improve the cataract surgery outcome to 85% at the WHO standard level*

Bring Sight to Botswana will help eliminate preventable blindness throughout Botswana, and will create a sustainable eye care system for the future, by increasing Botswana’s ability to treat cataract as soon as it is found.

Approximately 41% of blindness in Botswana is caused by cataract, WHICH IS TREATABLE

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In Africa there are approximately 1 ophthalmologist per million

(in comparison, the US has 81 and the UK has 52)

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1 in 50 people in Botswana are visually impaired

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THE PARTNERS

CBI is proud to be part of an international partnership between organizations from around the world. Without each of them, this program would not be able to function.

Combat Blindness International logo

Combat Blindness International

We will provide the means to treat the individuals suffering from cataract blindness. Our partnership with Dr. Schroff’s Charity Eye Hospital in New Delhi, India, provides professional ophthalmic personnel to go to Botswana to train locals and perform surgeries.

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Peek Vision

With their PEEK Retina smartphone adaptor and application, they can perform professional eye examinations in a mobile setting operated by a trained vision screener. This eliminates some of the biggest barriers of eye care in Botswana, including the costs of buildings and equipment for clinics and finding individuals who need care and ensuring they receive it.

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Ministry of Health - Republic of Botswana

Bring Sight to Botswana is part of the Botswana National Eye Care Program to eliminate blindness in their country. They are outfitting the operating rooms, as well as funding IOLs and consumables for the surgeries that Combat Blindness is supporting.

THE PEOPLE

Read about the people whose lives have changed in Botswana. Their sight, their independence, and their self-esteem have all been restored.

Esna Marnatona

Esna Marnatona

Esna Marnatona loves reading. She loves it so much she even pursued a career as a teacher, until cataracts took away her ability to read. After her sight restoring surgery, Esna said the first thing she wanted to do when she got home was read. We are honored to have helped restore a lifetime of enjoyment for Esna.

Olebogo Magan

Olebogo Magan

Olebogo Magan has spent his life farming in Botswana’s Central District. He is married with 5 children and 2 grandchildren. Unfortunately, Olebogo’s relationship with both his career and family had drastically changed after cataracts had taken his vision. Saddened because he had become unable to perform his duties as a husband, father, grandfather and farmer, Olebogo became distant.

In November, he was able to receive a cataract surgery courtesy of Combat Blindness International and our partners at Dr. Shroff’s Charity Eye Hospital in India. Olebogo has received the gift of sight and is proud to once again resume his duties within his household and on his farm.

Fohlane Rotsi

Fohlane Rotsi

As a retired heavy machinery operator with 7 children and 11 grandchildren, a child is the last thing Fohlane Rotsi should think of himself as. However, with the onset of his blindness, that’s exactly how he felt. Fohlane felt as if he had lost touch of everything in his life, unable to see anything he wanted to.

Upon regaining his sight, Fohlane was most excited to simply see light again, to be brought out of darkness. He can now spend his retirement looking over his family, livestock and his fields.

ZA Soloman

ZA Soloman

ZA Soloman has devoted his adult life to protecting and serving the citizens of Botswana, but in recent years it has become increasingly difficult to perform his duties as a policeman due steadily decreasing vision. While not entirely blind, Soloman had become frustrated with his ability to implement government policies and protect his neighbors as his cataracts continued to progress. Luckily, he can now see without problems and fulfill his duty without fail.

Bokuetsue Nito

Bokuetsue Nito

If you like to express joy through dance, then you and Bokuetsue Nito, of Botswana, have something in common. Bokuetsue, who lives alone, and without help, was so excited and thankful after her surgery that she danced throughout the clinic afterwards. Her independence and happiness have been restored.

Kesbolale Thoomo

Kesbolale Thoomo

Some jobs require sharper eyesight than others. A night watchman is one of them. The ability to see well in the dark is essential, and when Kesbolale Thoomo lost that ability, he lost his job. As a result, he struggled to support his wife and 6 children. Now that he can see again, Kesbolale is excited to thrive and find new jobs to support his growing family.

DONATE

With your donation, Combat Blindness International can help bring sight to Botswana by providing treatment to individuals suffering from cataracts.

Help us reach our goal of $250,000

$65,825.00 25%
* Botswana National Plan for Eye Care 2015-2019
** All statistics from the 2014 Rapid Assessment of Avoidable Blindness (mRAAB) of Botswana