Posted on August 12, 2015
Qatar Red Crescent (QRC) is preparing for a new relief project that involves two eye disease camps in Nouakchott and Boutilimit, Mauritania with an initial budget of QR 400,000 for the two camps, which are expected to serve 10,000 poor patients.
Launched under QRC's Ramadan campaign, the project is a continuation of QRC's sustainable services in the field of eye disease and blindness prevention in the poorest African and Asian countries, while offering more developed services to the vulnerable groups at minimal prices and near to their residence. Over the past 10 years, QRC conducted many eye disease and blindness prevention campaigns in several countries, serving nearly 900,000 patients and school students, mostly in the field of prevention and early diagnosis.

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The latest of these projects was a school health program to treat eye diseases among school children in Dhaka, Bangladesh, with a total budget of $174,428 (QR 634,813), in partnership with the Islamic Call Organization and Al-Basar International Foundation. During the eight-moth first phase of the program, the medical team visited 60 schools in Dhaka and medically examined 18,404 students. The results showed that 2,072 (11.26%) needed treatment. Consequently, 1,295 cases received refractive error checks, 261 cases were referred to hospital for treatment, 15 cases underwent eye surgeries, 525 cases received eyeglasses, and health education brochures were distributed to 114 teachers.
Also, the agreement involves providing health education for the beneficiary students, training the teachers in the ways to discover vision disorders early, training the project's technicians, and developing a follow-up and evaluation system for future application. QRC is committed to working towards the goals of Vision 2020, a global initiative for the elimination of avoidable blindness, which constitutes 80% of the world's total visually disabled people. This commitment was adopted during the First GCC Forum on Avoidable Blindness.