As part of a new initiative by the charity Sightsavers, a Malawian farmer underwent a live-streamed procedure to remove the severe cataracts that had blighted his eyesight for twelve years and left him completely blind for the past two.
The cataract procedure, which took place in a hospital in the Malawi city of Blantyre and can still be viewed on the Daily Telegraph’s website, was a complete success. Cameras also captured the moment that Winesi March, the 69-year-old patient, had his bandages removed and saw his wife for the first time since his eyesight troubles began.
A Million Miracles
Sightsavers organised the live-streaming of Mr. March’s cataract removal in order to highlight its campaign, “A Million Miracles”, which is attempting to raise funding for a million cataract operations in poor countries around the world. The charity estimates that there are nearly forty million people around the world living with preventable eye conditions, and twenty million of those people suffer from cataracts.
This brings into sharp focus the difference between eyecare in countries like the UK and countries like Malawi. While most sufferers in First World countries pay for surgery to correct the problem privately, an operation in Malawi would cost just £30 – however, that is a sum that the average citizen simply cannot afford. In addition, there is a serious dearth of doctors and specialists that are equipped to carry out the operation, as most of them move abroad for better pay and standards of living.
Thanks to the work of charities like Sightsavers, whose work is simply a drop in the ocean as far as the wider picture is concerned, those who desperately require medical assistance but cannot afford or access it where they live will have the opportunity to benefit from it.
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