What We Do

National Cataract Support Programme

African Vision through its National Cataract Support Programme has partnered with the National Department of Health and various Provincial Departments of Health to reduce the cataract backlog and equip various eye health sites. As a short term measure African Vision mobilises resources from the corporate sector to conduct cataract camps to reduce the backlog whilst working with the Department in establishing permanent eye health centres. The establishment of these centres ensures long term sustainability and effective service delivery for our communities.

Challenges

Due to the tremendous challenge in reducing the cataract backlog and the high demand for cataract surgery, African Vision has expanded its operations in the past 2 years. We have received numerous requests from Provincial Departments of Health other than KZN to establish partnerships and programmes in those provinces.

The inadequate number of surgeons performing cataract surgery in the public sector is part of the challenge in reducing the backlog. We have also partnered with the private sector to mobilise resources that will ensure that more surgeons are trained in high volume cataract surgery in the coming year.


African Vision interviews for case studies





MAHATMA GANDHI MEMORIAL HOSPITAL, PHOENIX. CATARACT CAMP.

Date: 29-30 June 2013

Case Studies interviews:

PATIENT NAME: Thelitheki Njakazi
AGE: 72
GENDER: Female
DATE OF SURGERY: 29.06.2013

Mrs. Njakazi is a pensioner residing in the Amaoti area which is one of the hospital's catchment areas. She has had cataract since October 2012. She went to the local clinic and was diagnosed with cataract in her right eye. She was then referred to the hospital for further assessment where the Optometrist confirmed that she has cataract. She had her first surgery in 2011 on her left eye and this is her second surgery.

She is happy that she will be able to see with both eyes once the Doctor removes the patch.


PATIENT NAME: Cynthia Magaqa
AGE: 54
GENDER: Female
DATE OF SURGERY: 29.06.2013

Cynthia is unemployed and resides in Bester. She first noticed last year that her vision in the right eye is deteriorating and went to her local clinic for screening. She was then referred to the hospital's eye clinic for assessment and was diagnosed with cataract. She has been on the waiting list since her diagnosis and she was very excited when she received a call from the hospital eye clinic staff informing her that she will undergo surgery on her right eye to remove the cataract. Her small right finger broke whilst she was doing household chores due to poor vision and she is happy that she will now lead a normal life after surgery.


PATIENT NAME: Agnes Bovana
AGE: 47
GENDER: Female
DATE OF SURGERY: 30.06.2013

Agnes has cataract in her right eye since March 2013 and is using her left eye. She resides in Amaoti and is unemployed. She has been attending the hospital eye clinic and has been on the waiting list since her diagnosis. She was very happy when she received a call from the clinic staff informing her about this campaign. She is happy that this operation will restore her sight and she will be able to see with both eyes.


PATIENT NAME: Gopichand Leelchand
AGE: 59
GENDER: Male
DATE OF SURGERY: 30.06.2013

Mr. Leelchand resides in Phoenix and is unemployed. He has cataract on the left eye and was diagnosed in February 2013. He is happy that he didn't have to wait long for the operation and is grateful for such programmes.


PATIENT NAME: Abdul Essop
AGE: 63
GENDER: Male
DATE OF SURGERY: 30.06.2013

Mr. Essop is a Carpenter by profession and was diagnosed with cataract in his right eye in March 2013. He never used to wear protective goggles when working and that's how his eye got affected. He received a call from the eye clinic about this programme whereby cataract patients undergo surgery to remove cataracts. He was happy that he will see again and promised to wear protective goggles when working to protect his eyes.


PATIENT NAME: Thembinkosi Makhoba
AGE: 61
GENDER: Male
DATE OF SURGERY: 30.06.2013

Baba Makhoba is retired and resides in Amaoti. His eyes started getting blurry and this happened everytime he was reading. He then went to the pharmacy and bought reading glasses without having an eye test done or a prescription from an Optometrist. Eventually it got worse and he was forced into early retirement in 2013 instead of 2015 due to his poor vision. He then went to his local clinic where he was diagnosed with cataract and was referred to the hospital for further assessment. The Optometrist confirmed that he has cataract on the right eye. He was told of this programme and he was booked for operation on the 30th June.