Photo Credit – John A. Moran Eye Center Global Outreach Division
Blindness in Tanzania
Tanzania is a country in East Africa, that is home to the famous Mount Kilimanjaro. Widespread poverty is common in this country where 9 out of 10 people live on less than a dollar a day. More than two-thirds of the population also live in rural areas with extremely limited medical services. With very low access and ability to afford medical care, many Tanzanians will turn to their local traditional healers, who are not able to treat more serious conditions, like blindness.
It is estimated that approximately 300,000 people are blind in Tanzania. The main cause of blindness is cataracts, followed by corneal scarring, glaucoma and trauma. A study published through the National Center for Biotechnology Information reported that over a third of all blindness cases in Northern Tanzania were treatable.
SEE is committed to lowering the prevalence of treatable and avoidable blindness in Tanzania by providing services to those who might otherwise not be able to afford or access care.
SEE in Tanzania
Each year, SEE International collaborates with the Moran Eye Center to provide high-quality eye care services to patients in Tanzania. Through our programs in Dodoma and Chome, over 900 patients receive free, necessary eye care during each clinic.
In 2017, the team led by Dr. Grace Sun, Dr. Alan Crandall and Dr. Jeff Pettey held a clinic at the University of Dodoma, where 1,750 patients received screenings and an additional 416 patients received sight-restoring surgeries.