On the occasion of World Sight Day, Iprosarude reported a significant number of people regained their sight from January to October 2020 thanks to various interventions in Iprosarude’s polyclinics. These are more than 23,000 people composed of adults and adolescents.
Indeed, World Sight Day is a global awareness day held every year on the second Thursday of October to draw attention to the global issue of eye health. This year, World Sight Day fell on October 8, 2020.
According to health professionals, 80% of all cases of blindness are preventable or curable; the right to sight can and must be implemented. And for Dr. Joseph Bigirimana, Legal Representative of IPROSARUDE it is possible to protect or restore sight at little cost, and thus lift people out of poverty. These people are then able to participate fully in the development of their families, their communities and their country. Visual disabilities have a profound impact on all aspects of human development-social, economic and quality of life.
“Preventable blindness often affects poor people who do not have access to quality eye care services. Avoidable blindness is more common among the poorest, women and marginalized groups. It is within this framework that IPROSARUDE has seen fit to bring quality health services closer to rural populations. Each Iprosarude polyclinic has an ophthalmology service. In addition, more than 28315 blind people have consulted in our polyclinics from January to October 2020 and among them 23000 have been helped to recover their sight.Now they are able to see, work, understand the world and take care of their families’’. Said Dr. Joseph and he is thankful to the partners who continue to support Iprosarude in its fight to promote rural health.
It was noted that World Sight Day provides an opportunity each year to increase awareness and commitment to ensuring the right to sight for all. Iprosarude not only raises awareness in rural areas, but also provides free consultations to eradicate blindness.