Your gift will help to protect the sight of people with glaucoma

Northern Tanzania, where Sister Liliosa lives, is one of the poorest nations in the world. Over half (68%) of the population live below the poverty line, which means they struggle to afford food and other basic necessities.

Eighty per cent of people live in rural areas, which means they might struggle to get regular access to medical care, which is often a long way from where they live.

Glaucoma is stealing the sight of millions of people around the world. Many people do not know they have it – until it is too late.

Your gift will help us to protect the sight of people with glaucoma; many of whom cannot afford the cost of travel or treatment Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness worldwide. Roughly 2.8 million people are blind because of glaucoma, which has caused damage to the optic nerve.

It is vital that we reach people before it is too late, so that their sight can be saved. As glaucoma can also be hereditary, when we find glaucoma in one person, we can make sure their entire family is safe. Early diagnosis makes an enormous difference.

The condition is usually treated with eye drops, but these are expensive for most Tanzanians, and have to be kept in a fridge. By supporting pioneering work like the corrective laser treatment being trialled in KCMC, you can make sure that the poorest of the poor receive the best possible care.


How will your donation be used?

Your generosity will mean that we can:

  • Detect cases of glaucoma early, before it’s too late to save sight
  • Provide ongoing care to people with glaucoma, through eye drops, surgery or laser treatment
  • Check the relatives of glaucoma patients to see whether they have the condition and protect every generation of
    each family
  • Educate primary health care workers about glaucoma and recommend that everybody over the age of 40 should
    receive an eye check-up.

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