In line with the Vision 2020 – The Global Initiative for the Elimination of Avoidable Blindness Al-Basar International Foundation, Bangladesh Sector, implemented four Free Cataract Surgery eye camps in 2018. These were as follows:
1. Thakurgaon Eye Camp
Tharkurgaon, a district in the north-western part of Bangladesh, which is 467 kilometers from the capital, Dhaka, and has a population of 1.5 million. This remote district was one of ours destinations for combating blindness in Bangladesh through a big charitable eye camp scheduled to be implemented in 2018.
The inauguration ceremony of this camp took place at 8:00 AM on February 16, 2018. The Deputy Commissioner (DC) of Thakurgaon District Mr. Abdul Aw-wal, Civil Surgeon of the district Mr. Khairul Kabir and the Director General of Al-Basar International Foundation – Bangladesh Sector, Dr. Ahmed Al-Mimbari have been present at event along with other respected guests from the area.
The camp lasted for a week and witnessed the closing on February 23, 2018.
During this period 4450 patients were able to have free eye screening.
612 patients could remove their cataracts.
1207 received free eyeglasses.
All patients were provided with food and accommodation for free, in addition to arranging free transportation from the headquarter of the camp to the operation theater of the government hospital in the city and vice versa.
The camp has left a great impact on the hearts of patients and their families. This was obvious in the supplication they made asking Allah (SWT) for his mercy and blessings to the respected donor, the organizing foundation and all concerned bodies of this camp.
Video Report of this Eye Camp:
2.Ukhia Eye Camp
The free eye camp of Ukhia, Cox’s Bazar, was implemented at Ukhia Girls High School on 6 to 13 April, 2018.
In this cam, we could perform free cataract operation of 529 patients along with implantation of free lenses. In addition to distribution of 1322 eyeglasses and giving away of 20,979 units of medicine including ointments, tablets and eye drops.
According to our charity eye camps’ norms, patients have been provided with free food and accommodation, as well as free transportation has been arranged carry patients from the camp to the hospital where the operations took place.
All these humanitarian attitudes have left the patients very happy with the special medical services they received from Al-Basar International Foundation. They raised their hands to Allah (SWT) asking for His generous blessing for donor and the organizations stood behind this charity eye heath services in one of the needy area of Bangladesh.
Video Report of the Camp
3. Rajshahi Eye Camp
Al-Basar International Foundation concluded its fifty-first Free Eye Camp in Rajshahi During the period 13th to 20th April, 2008.
As our other charitable eye camps, the large number of visiting crowds of the patients has not been able to destabilize the well-organization and well-coordination of the camp.
Members of our medical team were able to examine the eyes of more than 4500 patients in order to find out what is the exact conditions of their eyes are, and then what kind of treatment each one them needs.
During the period of the camp, 506 free cataract surgeries have been carried out, 996 eyeglasses have been distributed and 11,170 units of medicine have been dispensed for free.
The camp relieved the suffering of many eye-patients, They rejoiced and raised their hands to Almighty Allah, calling upon him to reward the financiers and the organizers of this camp with the best recompenses, and accept their charity works.
Here is the Video Report of the camp
4. Gudagari, Rajshahi Eye Camp
Date of implementation: 4-9 May 2018
The feverish activity to implement this camp started well before its launching date on May 4,2018. For the better result we wanted to gain from this eye camp, we devised a well considered plan am sent a team for intensive publicity to the area. We also took all possible measures for the better implementation of this big eye camp.
These efforts didn’t go without result, as patients came to the camp from all over the region wanting to seize the opportunity for which they eagerly waited for years.
The reason for selecting this area was that the people of the region do not have easy access to any proper treatment for their eye diseases including cataract, as it located far away from the quality medical centers. In addition to their inability to bear the cost of quality cataract operation.
Our medical and administrative team was ready to receive the crowds of patients come to the camp since the early ours of the morning on the launching day. They performed all the necessary procedures for registering patients, examining them and selecting the ones who were in need to cataract operation and those who needed only medicine or glasses.
It is worth mentioning that the camp was honored by the visit of a delegation from Noor Dubai Foundation of UAE, which has donated all the expenses of this large eye camp in order to serve the underprivileged residents of Gudagari in Rajshahi
The first day of the program was as follows:
– Conducting eye examination of all patients presented at the camp site.
– Selecting patients from both sexes, men and women, for cataract operation.
– Distributing medicines and glasses to those who are in need to them.
– Conduct necessary medical tests for selected patients such as blood pressure and sugar level test, eye lens measurement and more.
In the subsequent days we did cataract operations, dismantled dressings, distributed medicines and glasses, and gave advices to ensure the success of the operations we have done, as well as to confirm overall well beibeing of the patients.
Video Report of this Eye Camp
The patients were provided with free buses to transport them from the camp headquarters to Makka Eye Hospital, Rajshahi, which is about 34.1 km away from the camp.
The camp witnessed a large media presence, and the news of the event found its way to several newspapers, online news portals, and satellite television channels some of which are as follows:
(1) Channel 9
(2) Bangla TV
(3) My TV
(4) The Daily Sun Shine
(5) The Daily Chapai Darpon
(6) The Natun Provat
(7) The Dainik Barta
5. Kishorganj Eye Camp
The fifth free and large eye camp of this year took place in Kishorganj district on 02-9 November 2018. This district located at the distance of 142.2 from Dhaka and has a population of more than 2.9 million.
Statistics show that the total number of people took advantage of this free opportunity was 5600. Amid them 529 could grab the advantage of free cataract operation. In the meantime, the remaining numbers of the patients received free eye drops and medicines which totaled at 20,979 in unit. 2307 eyeglasses had also been distributed in this free medical eye camp.
6. Panchagarh Eye Camp
The sixth and the last free eye camp of this year was the camp of Panchagarh which was held on 06 -13 November 2018. Panchagarh district is some 412.6 kilometers from Dhaka and has a population of about one million. The total number of people benefited from this eye camp was 5400 patients. Among them 595 were fortunate to have the free cataract operation. Whereas the remaining patients received eye drops and medicines that totaled at 28650 units. 1322 Eyeglasses had also been distributed in this free medical eye camp.
Finally, the year 2018 has been an extraordinary year, full of works as well as of great perspectives for the future.