Let's Restore a Person's Sight Campaign
Did you know that a person that has cataract can get their sight back by a minor surgical procedure that takes an average of 15 minutes and can cost about R4 000 in a public hospital. Cataract surgery in a private facility can cost up to R 22 000.
Cataract causes 50% of blindness in South Africa. This means that approximately 150,000 poor South Africans with cataract who cannot afford medical aid and are dependent on public health facilities remain blind because government does not have sufficient resources to cope with the backlog and new cases of cataract.
African Vision works in partnership with government to reduce the cataract patient waiting lists in public hospitals nationally. We do this by mobilizing funding to provide resources such as equipment; consumables; and additional ophthalmologists who have the expertise to conduct high volume cataract surgery by using the Small Incision Cataract Surgery (SICS) technique, and at the same time transferring skills to ophthalmologists in the public hospitals as there is a shortage of this expertise in the public sector.
YOU CAN GIVE SOMEONE THEIR SIGHT BACK, by sponsoring their life-changing cataract surgery at a cost of R1 500 for their theatre surgical pack. Your sponsorship will result in immediate restoration of the person's sight, enabling them to enjoy a better quality of life by regaining personal independence, the ability to care for their families and in many instances, economic productivity.
If you would like to help restore someone's sight, you can make a deposit of R 1 500 per cataract surgery directly into the bank account of African Vision:
Account number: 1648176801
Reference: Cataract: your first name and surname eg: Moosa Salamaan
Please email proof of payment to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to 031 - 2023858 for the attention of Zandi Cele.
18A Certificates will be provided on request.
Private Sector Support
The support of the private sector is and will continue to be an important cog in our efforts. We express our gratitude to the following companies and organizations:
- Discovery Health Foundation
- Afrisun KZN
- BHP Billiton Aluminium SA
- Transnet Foundation
- Royal Bafokeng Holdings
- Umgeni Water
- Foskor Mining
- Black Mountain Mining
- Iqraa Trust
- South African Breweries
- Quatrro Freight
Discovery Health Foundation in particular needs to be recognised for the enormous contribution that they made to addressing blindness due to cataracts by contributing 10 million rands to a national effort when approached by African Vision (the then KZNECC). This led to the coalition building partnerships with other institutions who became the beneficiaries of the grant and expanded services beyond the capabilities of African Vision and also stimulated the formation of the National Cataract Coalition.
It is hoped that more companies will see the benefit of investing in partnership programs that build the capacity of our health system to continue the work long after the funding is utilised. This is leaving a legacy behind and not just a small once off investment.
It is indeed a tragedy that such an avoidable cause of blindness is a scourge in our society. All the freedom we fought for becomes less appreciated when some of our people are subjected to the disadvantage that an avoidable cause imposes on them. We call on fellow South Africans to join us in making a difference.