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Eyesight of 300 patients restored in Uganda

Key Camp Statistics

300,000 USD

Value of surgeries done


Patients screened overall 


Female patients screened


Male patients screened


Glasses donated


Overall cataract surgeries done


Cataract surgeries (Females)


Cataract surgeries (Males)

A total of 2,548 non-affording patients with eye defects from 8 districts of South-Western Uganda (East-Africa) benefited from a recent eye camp, jointly conducted by the Honorary Consulate of Uganda in Pakistan and Al-Baseer Foundation. The free of charge five-day Comprehensive Eye Care Program (CECP) was held at Masaka Regional Referral Hospital (MRRH) from April 14-18, 2019. This monumental success was realized in collaboration with the MRRH Eye Department, The Ministry of Health, Uganda, Habib Medical School (Islamic University in Uganda) and Mulago National Referral Hospital. 

Fifty-nine (59) percent of the overall beneficiaries (1,513) were female and 41 percent were (1,035) male. Three hundred (300) free of cost cataract surgeries that would ordinarily cost 1,000 USD each, were done within the five days of this historical medical event. Cataract is the leading cause of reversible blindness worldwide. According to World Health Organization, if no action is taken, over 40 million people will go blind by 2020. Uganda being one of the countries with a huge burden of up to 57.1 percent blindness caused by cataract, an eye camp of this magnitude was justified in the spirit of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).     

The camp aimed at providing high quality and free cataract surgeries plus other eye care services to the vulnerable communities served by MRRH, was headed by Dr. Grace Ssali and Dr Mulwanyi Francis (Local Ophthalmologists from Uganda) and Prof. Dr. Durraiz Ur-Rehman and Dr. Muhammad Khizar (visiting Ophthalmologists from UOL-Al-Baseer Foundation, CECP, Pakistan). The Pakistani delegation also had additional 11 staff members with varied specialties that left remarkable impact in Uganda’s health care sector.   

Camp activities included; patient registration, preliminary examination, +/- refraction, diagnosis and medicine dispensing, provision of free reading glasses to patients with presbyopia, pre-operative evaluation and investigations of cataract patients (IOP measurement, BP, Random blood sugar tests, Keratometry and Biometry), eye labeling and Retrobulbar anesthetic blocking, surgeries and Post-Operative assessment, medicine dispensing and discharges. 
Brief about the Camp location 
The Free Eye Camp was conducted at MRRH in South-Western Uganda. The catchment area of this regional referral hospital covers up to 8 districts: Masaka, Rakai, Lyantonde, Lwengo, Sembabule, Bukomansimbi, Kalungu and Kalagala) inhabited by over three million people. 

It is a 330 bedded hospital with an annual admission of 23,456 patients giving a bed occupancy rate of 90.6 percent. The area is generally semi-rural and most of the residents mainly depend on subsistence farming for their livelihood thus many could not afford cataract surgery at 1000 USD (Phaco-emulsification). 

Camp opening and closure 
The Resident District Commissioner, Masaka Mr. Herman Ssentongo officiated at the inauguration ceremony on the second day of the camp.  He urged the community to turn up for the camp that was providing Phaco-emulsification operation free of cost. The event also had heavy presence of dignitaries from the District Health Department and MRRH Administration.

At the closure, the Chairman Board of Governors, UOL who is also the Honorary Consul of Uganda in Pakistan, Mr. Awais Raoof was the chief guest. Pakistan Representative to Uganda, Hon. Rukia Nakadama Isanga, EQUSaT Vice Chancellor, Dr. Jamil Sserwanga and Director, MRRH Dr. Nathan Onyachi were among the prominent guests. 
Mr. Awais appreciated all the key stakeholders for making the camp a great success.  He particularly thanked the Ophthalmologists and other medical staff for saving the community from eye related defects. Other dignitaries who spoke were also grateful to the medical staff for the work done and the huge patients’ turn up (2,548 overall and 300 cataract surgeries).
Other camp achievements 
Overwhelming community appreciation for the great help
Knowledge sharing about Phaco-emulsification between local and visiting surgeons
Volunteer medical students acquired new skills 
Hospital staff learnt new skills on patient care and infection prevention
The local team appreciated the need to start Comprehensive Eye Care Program in various hospitals after sharing experience with the Pakistani Team
The Pakistani Team donated surgical instruments, medicines and surgical consumables to the Eye Department and students

  • Eyesight of 300 patients restored in Uganda
  • Eyesight of 300 patients restored in Uganda
  • Eyesight of 300 patients restored in Uganda
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