Childhood blindness


In developing countries, 60% of children die within a year of going blind .


Childhood blindness is mainly caused by vitamin A deficiency, measles, conjunctivitis in the newborn, trachoma and congenital cataract.  Apart from cataract surgery and medical treatment for conjunctivitis and trachoma, we are committed in working alongside the Congolese government to facilitate Vitamin A distribution programs.  According to the WHO, at a cost of only 2.5 pence a dose, vitamin A spplements can reduce child mortality by up to 34%.  Unlike adults, children require long term follow-up after surgery to prevent and manage complications such as lazy eyes.  We also promote health education, such as teaching mothers the importance of keeping children's faces clean to prevent the spread of trachoma, as well as measles immunisation through our hospital.