By Uganda Online Media
Kamuli: The Ruparelia Foundation in conjunction with North Indian Cultural Association of Uganda (NICA-U) has kicked off free eye treatment happening on the 20th to 21st of August 2022 in Kamuli District, in the Eastern Region of Uganda.
“Better eyes for a Better life”. A free eye screening and check-up for the people of Kamuli from 20th-21st August 2022” Ruparelia Foundation announced.
The free eye camp will also have Dr. Agarwals hospital, one of the globally recognized eye hospitals in Uganda.
According to Ruparelia foundation, the eye camp is slated for 20th to 21st August 2022 at Shree Hindu Bhangini Samaj, plot 4-19 Crawford Avenue with activities including; eye screening, cataract surgery, free glasses, and a blood drive.
Ministry of Health’s 2021 report revealed that 2.5 million Ugandans had both moderate and severe eye-related impairments whereas approximately 150,000 were completely blind (0.4%).
According to the MoH’s management information system (HMIS), eye diseases are one of the top 10 causes of morbidity and outpatient (OPD) attendance.
The Ministry of Health reported in 2021 that 57.1% of blindness in Uganda is caused by cataracts, while uncorrected refractive errors are the commonest cause of visual impairments.
There are 17 common or priority eye conditions in Uganda, which include cataracts, primary open-angle glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, refractive errors, low vision, retinoblastoma, conjunctivitis, the foreign body of the eye, keratitis, conjunctivitis of the newborn, trachoma and eye injuries.
Globally more than 253 million people are visually impaired; among them, 124 million have low vision while 36 million are blind.
About Ruparelia Foundation
The Ruparelia Foundation was founded in 2012 by Dr. Sudhir & Mrs. Jyotsna Ruparelia and runs its programs under the catchphrase theme: “Enriching Lives Together”.
For the past ten years, the Foundation has worked together with several stakeholders to champion positive change in different communities across the country to improve livelihoods in Uganda.
To date, more than 700 charitable causes have been funded by the charity.
The focus areas of the foundation include health care, education, sports, wildlife and environment conservation, disaster relief, startup and general welfare.
Ruparelia Foundation strives to create a positive and transformative change in the community through making a real difference in the course of the present day but also has a sustainable plan for every initiative carried out.