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Eyes for East Africa

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Helping the Kwale District Eye Centre to provide affordable, accessible eye care in southern Kenya

The Kwale District Eye Centre was established in 1993 by UK trained ophthalmologist Dr Helen Roberts. It operates in a poor rural area in southern Kenya. The first clinic was established on the coast, south of Mombasa and a second branch clinic was opened further inland in 2010. The aim of the Eye Centre is to provide affordable, accessible eye care to people in the area. No patients are refused treatment although the Centre seeks to charge patients at least part of the costs of treatment where possible. There are many cases of child and youth blindness, most of which are preventable and caused by poor diet. The most common cause of blindness is cataract, which can be treated by relatively simple surgery, costing aproximately £60.
Since its opening, 70,000 new patients have been registered at the Centre. The Centre also makes numerous visits to local schools and communities to educate the local population about the causes of blindness and how to prevent it.

Charity No: 1053222

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