SEE International's Work in Bangladesh

In 2017, SEE launched a program in the capital city of Dhaka. Our volunteers worked with Dr. Munirul Huq to see patients at Bashundhara Eye Hospital. During the program’s very first year, our team was able to screen 300 people who might not have otherwise had a chance to get their eyes checked. 58 of these patients received free eye surgery at our clinic, and had their sight restored!


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Number of clinics in Bangladesh

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Surgeries Performed in Bangladesh

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Patients Served in Bangladesh


Blindness in Bangladesh

Bangladesh is one of the poorest countries in the world with over one-third of its people living below the poverty line. There are very few healthcare services available to all, especially the poor. There are even fewer eye care services, which results in a really high rate of blindness, especially in children. In 2004, the country launched the Bangladesh Childhood Cataract Campaign (BCCC), which set a goal of treating at least 20,000 blind children by 2020. The BCCC is being led by Dr. Mohammad Abdul Muhit, and it is recognized to be the largest campaign of its kind in the world. During the program’s first 5 years, they were able to restore sight to over 10,000 blind children!
However, this campaign isn’t enough to treat the nearly 750,000 blind people in the country. This is especially true for those living in rural areas, who may never get the chance to even have their eyes checked. There are other barriers to getting treated such as a lack of education surrounding treatable eye conditions and negative social stigmas surrounding blindness.


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