Cataract Eye Surgery: We have the Hospital ward space to be able to start and catch up with all the people on the waiting list. Aged people mostly, Tribal, poverty line. People who don’t have the money or resources to go anywhere else – Except to the one place they all know – New Hope Community Centre. In a poverty line family the aged have an important role, important work in helping the family to manage and survive. Many go with younger children to graze goats.
Cataract Eye Surgery: Some have jobs grazing the cows of landholders. Many aged women are responsible to collect firewood and cook the two meagre meals these people scrape through on. When the aged become cataract blind, the whole family management changes and they become – not a help, but a burden. It is socially and emotionally demoralizing for the aged blind person.
Cataract Eye Surgery
Cataract Eye Surgery: It all changes with a simple cataract operation. We now supply intra ocular lens and this means ‘No glasses’- and that’s a major step forward as there are no glasses to repair!
Make a miracle of vision for £20.
Cataract Eye Surgery: People have asked if we still need or use the used cards. Yes and no. Yes because we use then with children, give them to aged leprosy patients who put them up in their huts, disabled children who paste them in books, or use them to draw/copy from. Many uses, but if the cost of postage is too high, then we would to be honest prefer to have that money. The restored vision of one aged woman is in our humble opinion more important.
Cataract Eye Surgery: During our visit Ruth and I have been asked by many people, ‘Is it true that leprosy has been eradicated?’ I have to say “No” – The number of patients under treatment is reduced, there appears to be a reduction in new cases. The reality though is that there are in India not less than 500,000 aged or deformed leprosy affected people who are unemployed, beg to survive and needs corrective surgery. Please don’t think that the World Health Organisation’s message of eradication means the already affected people have somehow disappeared, they’re here with us and many of you support them – This is sincerely appreciated.