ETHIOPIA EYE PROJECT
The Twice the Doctor foundation supports the work of Ethiopian “lid surgeons” who save the sight of people with advanced trachoma.
1. Trachoma is the leading cause of infectious blindness in the world today.
2. In Ethiopia, more than 76 million are living in trachoma endemic areas and 800,000 people are at risk of blindness. In Oromia, the largest and most populous state of Ethiopia, 27 million people are at risk of developing the disease and 200,000 could lose their sight without surgery.
3. Blindness caused by trachoma is irreversible. Repeated infections can over years lead to scarring that causes the eyelid to turn inwards. The eyelashes become inverted and rub on the clear cornea, painfully scratching it and causing damage.
4. Trachoma is entirely preventable and treatable. There is no need for anyone to suffer from this excruciating, debilitating eye disease.
5. While eliminating trachoma is difficult, it’s within our reach. Treatment is relatively cheap and a simple 20 minute procedure can save the sight of someone with advanced trachoma.
The surgeon’s salary is $300 per month and they do 15 procedures per day! That’s real bang for your buck or in other words super – effective use of your contribution!