Sightsavers partners with the Ugandan Government

Sightsavers is an organization that was founded by Sir John and Lady Jean Wilson. It helps victims suffering from blind-related diseases like cataracts and trachoma. They help such victims especially those living in poor backgrounds all over the globe. Sightsavers work with a trained team of optical doctors as well as surgeons. The doctors specialize in treating tropical eye defects like trachoma and river blindness. It has a core value of dedicating its time and resources in refining disability among the eye victims. Sightsavers is known to work with various governments and other organizations in fulfilling their mission. They stretch their expertise in offering vocational training to young professionals in regards to eye disabilities. As of recent times, they launched a campaign in Uganda about fulfilling their core mission. Sightsavers worked closely with the government of Uganda in this particular mission.

The campaign engaged the elderly above the age of 65 in treating blind-related diseases. The government ensured they reached the above age group by offering pensions as they got treatment. Their goal was to manage the age group, as they were more vulnerable to eye complications as opposed to younger groups. As the affected clients were diagnosed with cataracts and trachoma, they received treatment on the spot. The campaign was propelled during the end of May this year. Sightsavers engaged closely with the Ugandan government Expanding Social Protection, (ESP), in collaboration with other dignitaries. The 65 and above age group was identified as they were prone to neglect by the surrounding members of the community. Nevertheless, they were more inclined to contracting the diseases as they aged.

The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust Trachoma Initiative based in the United Kingdom funded the initiative justified itself a success. In the United Kingdom Department for International Development in conjunction with the Sightsavers Coordinated Approach to Community Health Programme, the services offered to the Ugandan elderly were fruitful. Johnson Ngorok, the Ugandan country director, confirmed the success of the programme. He continued and said the initiative changed the lives of the elderly by a significant percentage.

As opposed to before, they can now plough in their fields, an activity that was dependent on the other members of the family. As of 2010, the ESP initiative has worked hand-in-hand with the Ministry of Gender, Labor, and Social Development. The Ugandan government aimed at reducing poverty level in Karamoja village. The village is the poorest among other areas of Uganda. Dr Astrid Bonfield, Chief Executive of The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust, claimed the partnerships between the three bodies has helped eradicate blindness among the Ugandan people.

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