Blindness in Niger
Niger is a landlocked country in Western Africa named after the Niger River. It is one of the poorest countries in the world with two-thirds of its population living on less than $1/day. The harsh climate, along with poor infrastructure, make it a challenge to access medical services in Niger, particularly for the people living in rural areas. For those living in remote villages it is not uncommon for individuals to walk over 6 hours to receive medical attention, which becomes significantly more difficult during the wet season, where it is common to see flooding throughout the country. With only 7 ophthalmologists in the entire country, eye care is extremely limited, and the almost 440,000 people suffering from avoidable blindness in Niger will never receive proper treatment.
SEE in Niger
SEE launched a partnership with Vision Outreach International in Torodi, Niger in September 2017. Through this partnership, SEE volunteer, Dr. Anderson, and host Dr. Adamou provide free sight-restoring eye surgery for around 50 patients who suffer from cataracts during each clinic.