People in the age range of sixty five and older are more at risk for eye disease than other age groups. Many elderly people suffer from failing eyesight, but do not have the resources to get treatment for their problem. They sometimes feel that their situation is hopeless with no help available to them. In Uganda, the government is preparing to assist older people who have eye diseases. They have partnered with several other agencies to bring help to elderly people with eye disease so that they can be recommended for surgery or medication.
The new initiative was launched in May, and includes partners like Sightsavers, and other development partners. Spear heading the the list of organizations is the Ugandan government’s Expanding Social Protection Program. These entities have identified those over the age of 65 as being at the highest risk for diseases like cataracts, and trachoma. While they are collecting their pensions, the elderly can now get free eye exams. This is a service provision of the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust’s Trachoma Initiative, and also Sightsaver’s Coordinated Approach To Community Health Program. The entire program initiative is funded by the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development. This collaborative venture will offer the opportunity to reach and treat those who have not been able to get the medical attention that they need.
Sightsavers is an international organization that works to eliminate blindness, and other avoidable eye diseases. They also promote the rights of all people with disabilities, regardless of their age. They advocate for people with disabilities to be able to participate in social activities and events. Sightsavers works in some of the poorest areas of the world, diagnosing and treating eye problems, and some other conditions. They want people with disabilities to be able to learn from others, and earn the opportunity to be happy, and become productive citizens.
The Ugandan effort has successfully helped thousands of people already, who have accepted the surgeries, and changed their lives. The government is also intending to reduce any poverty that is related to aging by providing the elderly with a social pension, or senior citizen grant, to all of it’s residents over the age of 65. This pension will be available to citizens aged 60 and over in the poorest region of Uganda, Karamojo. Sightsavers has the interest of all impoverished people at the helm of all of their involvements.
“When they came and told us we could be helped I was happy and I feel my prayers have been answered today”. Last year, Ayishetu and her sister Barikisu were operated for blinding trachoma, which has now been eliminated in Ghana. 📷 Ruth McDowall #endtrachoma #beatNTDs #nomorentds #blindness #sightloss #visionloss #eyes #eyehealth #africa #travelafrica #unlimitedafrica #instastories #westafrica #portraits #portraitphotography