10 millionth cataract operation
Joyce Kaaya - One in ten million!
Joyce Kayaa's vision began deteriorating nine months ago due to cataracts, with the result that she was struggling to care for herself and her livestock. On 28 October 2010 she was successfully operated on by Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre (KCMC), in Moshi, Tanzania. This symbolically marks the 10 millionth cataract surgery in CBM-supported programmes throughout the world.
Like a dream
A promising sign, and goals for the future
The ophthalmologist from Freiburg says Joyce Kaaya is a good example for the successful information campaigns of the KCMC hospital.
"In the past", says the young father, "we missed a lot of people until they’d been blind for some years. But Joyce has only been suffering from cataracts for about nine months and even has some residual vision. It would have been perfect if we could have operated on her nine months ago – then her blindness could have been prevented completely. That is our big goal for the people here in the region below the Kilimanjaro - to operate before blindness sets in."