Our project in Africa with Visio Sense Fronteres, Spain partnered with Don Bosco Fambul in Sierra Leone to carry out 134 cataract surgeries. The 10-day outreach and medical camp took place at Don Bosco Fambul’s small hospital in Freetown where dental procedures were also performed.
The Visio Sense Fronteres volunteers started with two optometrists visiting villages in the surrounding area to reach out to people in need of eye and vision care. Patients with cataracts were supported to come to the hospital for surgery.
The surgical team consisted of three opthamologists, two optometrists, and one general practitioner to assist in the operation theatres. Upon hearing about the medical camp, new patients also came to the hospital and were screened and given drops, sunglasses, medicines, and anything else possible for cataract care.