Words by Abi Scaife
A charity is helping to prevent a national eye health crisis in Tanzania.
Tell me more.
A health project by Sightsavers in the Morogoro and Singida regions of Tanzania has shown that there is hope of preventing a national eye health crisis.
In 2022, it was estimated that 8.2 million people in the country had vision loss and without concerted effort, these numbers could increase.
The ‘Boresha Macho’ project by Sightsavers aimed to restore and protect vision by providing equitable access to eye care, particularly focusing on people with disabilities and women, who traditionally face barriers to accessing health care.
What are they doing to help?
Sightsavers has performed over 17,000 cataract surgeries and provided more than 7,000 glasses in the regions, helping to give people security and better quality of life.
They have also performed accessibility upgrades to health facilities, and extra training for health workers to help them target the most vulnerable.
It’s amazing to see the progress that has been made in such a short time thanks to the tireless work of this charity.
If you want to support Sightsavers, either through donation, fundraising or volunteering, you can do so on their website.