Unite For Sight Accra, Ghana Eliminating Preventable Blindness For Those Living in Extreme Poverty
The goal of Unite For Sight and its partner communities and eye clinics is to create eye disease-free communities. In Accra, Ghana, Unite For Sight works with Crystal Eye Clinic to provide eye care in remote rural villages. The clinic's eye doctors diagnose and treat eye disease in the field, and surgical patients are brought to Dr. James Clarke at Crystal Eye Clinic for surgery.
Unite For Sight's model is unique in that it involves sending students, nurses, public health professionals, and doctors (most from North America and Europe) to serve as support staff to eye doctors in the field, thus enabling community-based screening programs led by eye clinics without the need for paid staff.
The average cost of sight-restoring cataract surgery in Africa and Asia is $50, which is too expensive for the majority in the developing world who live on less than $1 per day. Therefore, Unite For Sight sponsors the surgery and other eye care for the patients to insure that no person remains blind due to lack of funds. Most importantly, the Unite For Sight-sponsored patients receive the same quality of surgical care in the same facilities as those who can afford to pay.
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