Free Eye Camps in 2017

In line with the Vision 2020 – The Global Initiative for the Elimination of Avoidable Blindness Al-Basar International Foundation, Bangladesh Sector, implemented five Free Cataract Surgery Services eye camps in 2017.  The camp of Kishoreganj_District came first in this series, whereas the camp of Gaibandha was the last and the camp of Tangail was the second in line. The camp of  Nowgoan came third in implementing list, and the camp of Lalmonirhat was the fourth in the year.

In these camps 23800 patients with different eye diseases received free medical services, among them 3095  patients went through free cataract operation together with free IOLs. While 7114 patients received eye glasses.  

Let’s read about all these  camps in more details:

The  Camp of Kishorganj 

The patients with cataract came to the camp as early in the morning as possible. For many it was a golden opportunity to have such a large free eye camp in their area. Having arrived at Qatar charity organization’s premises in the Upazila city of Bhairab,  Man and woman stood in separate  queues quite and almost soundless. After the inauguration of the program they proceeded to doctor’s chambers one by one. Twelve doctors and ophthalmologist aided with nurses and volunteers have been in full preparation for receiving them. 5200 people, who came to the camp could get opportunity for having their eyes screened.

After a thorough screening of all patients we found 750 patients who have blurred vision because of cataract. After further investigation 534 patients were found fit for operation for cataract removal and planting an artificial lens.

The other patients were given eye droops, pills, glasses and ointments according to the need of patients and advice of doctors.

A delegate from the sponsoring organization, `Noor Dubai’ honored the camp by their presence. Dr. Manal Al-Shamsy had been the head of this auspicious delegate. Members of the delegate sat with the patients, talked to them and touched their hearts and earned their love. We wish them every success in their life.

Here is the statistic of the camp that shows our achievements of camp  in brief:

Camp No.Month & YearTotal Eye ScreeningTotal SurgeryTotal IOL Total Glass
44February, March 2017 5200534 1284

Th Camp of Tangail

 the 45th free and large eye camp of Al-Basar  International Foundation took place in Tangail which is some 105 kilometers away from Dhaka and has a population of nearly four million.

The reason for choosing this district is the poverty of the people of this region and the inability of many of them to afford the cost of treatment for the removal of cataract.

This large camp continued after its blessed start on the morning of Friday,  March 03, 2017 for a week, during which patients came from different parts of the districts  to reach a total of 5600 patients of both sexes.

The first day of the camp was passed in receiving patients in outpatient clinics, and initialing  tests that helped identify and select  (800) patients who needed to remove the cataract and lens implantation. The operations were performed on 677 of them after confirming  their fitness  through a number of tests.
Eyeglasses and medicines for those who do not require surgical interventions were also distributed during the day.

For the rest of the day, the activity of the camp was divided between performing operations, removing pads, distributing of medicines and glasses, and providing advise and guidance to ensure the success of the process and the safety of the eyes.

The operations were carried out at the Makkah Eye Hospital which was established by the Foundation in the region in 2014 and was fully prepared by its medical staff to receive selected patients and perform operations and provide full health care during their stay.
The total of the efforts exerted throughout the period of the camp were:

Camp NoMonth & YearTotal Eye ScreeningTotal SurgeryTotal IOLTotal Glass

The camp witnessed visit of Arab dignitaries headed by Dr. Farid Al-Yaqout, Executive Director of Al-Basr International  Foundation, as well as Badriya Al-Yacout and Sheikha Al-Miftah. The delegate included other members as well  from the Qatar Charity Organization. They all toured the camp and looked at the various wings, from the outpatient clinics to the examination suite, to the operating rooms of Makkah Eye Hospital. This visit  had a great positive resonance among doctors, patients and a wide range of Bangladeshi Muslim society…

The Camp of Noagoan 

The camp was welcomed by regional dignitaries and officials from various government facilities in the District. Dr. Mohamed Abdel-Rahman, former director of the Ministry of Health, and Mr. Mohamed Fadl Al-Haq, principal of Uttara University College, who were in the camp all day long, expressed their great joy at such a free camp for the first time in the history of the region. Dr. Mano Rangahan Mandal, Director of the Health Bureau of the Upazilla, expressed his great pleasure at such a camp, where everything is provided free of charge with good services and respectable treatment.

The camp continued after the auspicious start for a week. In this period patients came from across the region facing hurdles placed by the flood-situation.

The activities of the camp on the first day were as follows:

– Conduct screening of 3500 patients.

– Distribution of medicines and glasses to those in need.

– Perform different tests on selected patients, including blood pressure, glucose level, eye lens measurement, and other pre-operation tests.

The other days of the camp were divided between conducting operation, removing pads and distributing medicines and glasses, and giving instructions about how everyone should pass days after operation to ensure the success of the process and the safety of the eyes.

The medical team, which has made strenuous efforts to make the camp more successful, was made up of 70 persons, including 14 consultants, medical assistant, nurses and administrative officers, as well as volunteers from the area.

The location of the camp was very appropriate, as it meets the criteria that we hope will be available in the camps, especially in terms of field capacity, and the presence of dozens of rooms for temporary outpatient clinics. All these things were available at Uttara University College, where we grounded our camp.

Since the Makkah Eye Hospital established by Al-Basar International Foundation in Rajshahi Province in 2011, was located only 50 km from the camp, therefore, it was chosen as the headquarters for operations. The hospital was fully prepared with its medical staff and enough manpower to receive the selected patients and provide full health care during their stay.

The final outcome of the camp was as follows:

Camp NoMonth & YearTotal Eye ScreeningTotal SurgeryTotal IOLTotal Glass
46August 201735006036031493

The first follow up was carried out 25 August 2017 in order to ascertain whether everything was done as required. It has been found that the success rate of operations was 100%, and the second follow up will be carried out on 15 September 2017.

The Camp of Lalmonirhat

(13-20 October 2017)

A weeklong free eye camp was held on the premises of Lalmonirhat Adarsha Degree College. The event started early in the morning of 13th and ended on 20th October 2017.

The goal of the event was to assist underprivileged people needing cataract surgery, spectacles or medicine for the common eye diseases in the district of Lalmonirhat and the surrounding areas.

In this camp more than 3500 underprivileged men and women received free eye treatment and 611 (Six Hundred Eleven) patients with matured cataract went through free operation together with free IOLs implantation.

Civil Sargon Dr. Kashem Ali inaugurated the programme which was also attended by Country Director of the foundation in Bangladesh Dr. Ahmad Tahir Hamid Ali and the principal of the college Mahbubul Alam Mithu.

Glimpse of the Eye Camp

  • Patient Comments

    • Thanks to Al-Basar

      My name is Khorshed. My father’s name is himmat Ali. I belong to misekara village in Tangail district. I am 80-year-old and I had cataract in both eyes. I heard that Al-Basar International Foundation does operation for free. First I did operation in one eye at one of its charity camp, then I did surgery of other eye in their another camp. […]

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