Combat Blindness International and Partners Eradicate Cataract Blindness in Botswana
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Madison, WI, USA: Combat Blindness International (CBI), in partnership with Cambridge Global Health Partners (London, UK), Dr. Shroff’s Charity Eye Hospital (Delhi, India), PEEK (London, UK) and the Botswana Ministry of Health and Wellness, has helped eliminate the backlog of cataract blindness in Botswana. Cataract is a clouding of the lens of the eye that accounts for 50% of all blindness globally and is especially prevalent in low income countries.
Together this group of organizations has eradicated the backlog of 6,000 cataract blindness cases in Botswana, effectively making the country of Botswana cataract-blindness free. Africa has only one ophthalmologist per million people, so it was not uncommon for people in Botswana to wait three or more years for a 20-minute cataract surgery. Combat Blindness International is proud to be the only American organization to rise to the challenge in Botswana and they are thrilled to share the success of this project with its valued partners. This project involved 6 missions from Fall 2016 to Spring 2019 and reached completion on June 19, 2019.
“With this incredible global partnership, we were able to eradicate cataract blindness and improve the lives of so many people in Botswana,” says Dr. Suresh Chandra, Founder and Chairman of Combat Blindness International.
Combat Blindness International (CBI) is a 501(c)(3) dedicated to eliminating preventable blindness worldwide by providing sustainable, equitable solutions for sight through partnerships and innovation. Since it was founded in 1984 by Dr. Suresh Chandra, CBI has supported projects in 15 countries on 4 continents. CBI is a council member of Vision 2020: Right to Sight – a global joint initative of the World Health Organization (WHO) and International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB).