What We Do
Many people are blind because they don’t have access to quality or affordable eye care and they can be prevented or cured through early medical intervention and health care education. And other segments we deal with are Maternal health and Water sanitation
Many people are blind because they don’t have access to quality or affordable eye care. It is estimated that about 140 000 people in Somalia are visually impaired and 80% of them are preventable or curable (who). Eye diseases like cataract, refractive error, glaucoma, trachoma and diabetic retinopathy lead to blindness and they can be prevented or cured through early medical intervention and health care education.
Every day 830 women die from preventable causes related to child birth and pregnancy, 99% of these women live in developing countries (world health organisation). We aim to provide skilled care before during and after pregnancy to improve the lives of mothers and babies.
A significant amount of disease could be prevented through access to safe water supply, adequate sanitation services and better hygiene practices. Diarrhoeal disease alone amounts to an estimated 3.6 % of the total daily global burden of disease and is responsible for the deaths of 1.5 million people every year (WHO 2012).
Preventable Blindness: Common Eye Conditions
Cataract is clouding of the clear lens in the eye and is one of the leading causes of vision impairment. This clouding of the lens causes clouding of the vision, glare and sensitivity to light and as It matures eventually blindness. While cataracts most commonly occur in those who are older, they can develop in younger people as well with some being born with the condition. Cataract can be treated with a relatively straightforward operation with people often experiencing a drastic improvement in vision almost immediately after surgery.
Diabetes increases the risk of a range of eye diseases, but the main cause of blindness associated with diabetes is diabetic retinopathy (DR). DR damages blood vessels inside the retina at the back of the eye. It commonly affects both eyes and can lead to vision loss if it is not treated. The vast majority of patients who develop DR have no symptoms until the very late stages (by which time it may be too late for effective treatment). Therefore screening and early intervention is critical. Education around diet and proper control of blood suger and blood pressure is important as a preventative measure and laser surgery is needed to prevent vision impairment and blindness.
Glaucoma is a condition which affects the optic nerve, the nerve that takes the information from your eye to your brain. It is commonly but not always caused by an increase pressure in the eye which damages this nerve that codes for our side vision. Gradually people with glaucoma develop side vision loss and eventually tunnel vision.
Refractive error is the most common cause of preventable blindness worldwide. It is a problem with the focusing ability of the eye and it can easily be corrected with a pair of glasses in most cases. You may have heard of myopia (short sightedness), Hyperopia (longsightedness), astigmatism and presbyopia, these are all forms of refractive error which can affect both young and old alike.
Trachoma is one of the oldest diseases known to humankind and one of the most preventable. Caused by the bacterium Chlamydia trachomatis, trachoma often begins as a childhood illness, spreading easily from child to child and others in the community. After repeated trachoma infections, the inside of a person’s eyelid can become scarred and turn inward, causing the eyelashes to scrape against a person’s eye with each blink. This condition is called trichiasis, and without immediate, corrective surgery, a person with trichiasis will slowly and painfully become blind. However we can stop the condition reaching this severity through early and easy intervention such as access to clean water and sanitation, facial cleanliness and antibiotic therapy.