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Cataract Treatment Campaigns in Chad under AFAB

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Cataract Treatment Campaigns in Chad under AFAB

The two campaigns resulted in providing: an eye exam to 11,000 patients, of which 1,020 patients benefited from cataract surgeries and postsurgical care.

JEDDAH, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, January 10, 2022 / APO Group / –

The Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) (www.IsDB.org) and the Islamic Solidarity Fund for Development (ISFD) in collaboration with the Ministry of Health of Chad carried out two cataract treatment campaigns within the framework of the second phase (Generation II) of the Alliance to Combat Avoidable Blindness (AFAB). In this sense, two cataract surgery campaigns were carried out in the cities of Oum Hadjer and Abéché in Chad.

These campaigns were implemented by the National Program for the Control of Blindness (NPCB) with financial support from the Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa (BADEA).

The two campaigns resulted in providing: an eye exam to 11,000 patients, of which 1,020 patients benefited from cataract surgeries and postsurgical care.

Dr. ISSA Doubragne, Minister of Economy and Development Planning in Chad stated: “I am delighted with the support of IsDB under the Second Generation of AFAB. This initiative is in line with Chad’s national priorities and supports the National Program for the Control of Blindness (PNLC) to achieve its objectives. AFAB has enabled thousands of Chadians to benefit from vision care. In this regard, I would like to thank IsDB and BADEA for their support in providing eye care to vulnerable communities in Chad. “

Cheick Mahamat Assileck from the city of Oum Hadjer, who was blind for 6 years and benefited from the campaign, stated: “I have not been able to see for the last 6 years due to a double cataract. My life has turned upside down, I had to stay home. I quit my job as a teacher at the Koranic school, but thanks to Allah, I regained my sight after benefiting from this cataract surgery campaign. I am very happy to teach the Quran to the children of my village again. My students and I are doing Duaa for the teams of IsDB, ISFD, BADEA and the Ministry of Health for this generous act ”.

To build on the success of the First Generation, IsDB and ISFD decided to introduce the Second Generation of the Alliance which aims to benefit 13 IsDB member countries, namely Burkina Faso, Chad, Comoros, Côte d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Guinea , Guinea-Bissau, Mauritania, Mali, Mozambique, Niger, Somalia and Togo.

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