Uganda is just one of Africa’s great nations. The people are friendly and the environment is one of a kind, but the Ugandan people tend to suffer with numerous eye issues. It has been known for years that this particular region is limited when it comes to proper healthcare. Thanks to philanthropic organizations like Sightsavers, the people of Uganda can start receiving much better healthcare, especially when it comes to vision. Sighsavers has been around for many decades, and it has been working exclusively in Uganda since 1954. The organization provides a myriad of tests, screenings and procedures for people who suffer with eye complications. For 2018, this organization has partnered with the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust as well as UK Aid for offering top-of-the-line services.
“This collaboration has provided an opportunity to reach the people who need immediate eye care,” said Johnson Ngorok, the Ugandan Country Director. This specific program is looking to take care of the needs for the people who are 65 years of age or older. Cataracts, trachoma and other eye-related issues are all being handled accordingly. Since most of these individuals receive some form of a pension, they’ll be able to receive free eye examinations via this program. Thousands of people have benefited from the eye procedures and many of the individuals have undergone surgery. This is a win-win solution for all of the parties that are involved. Reducing poverty is another goal and this extraordinary program will offer a social pension to Uganda’s poorest regions.
Sightsavers has always pushed the envelope to some degree and in most cases, it has paid-off dearly. It would be extremely hard trying to find a more progressive-thinking organization than this. Sightsavers has definitely and is certainly doing its job to better mankind and that notion speaks volumes.