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Right to Sight pleads for more donations to conduct cataract surgeries

Written by: Zanele Zama

Almost 290,000 of South Africans could go blind due to untreated cataracts.

Government facilities in most provinces are unable to meet the demand for eyesight-saving surgery.

The Right to Sight Trust, the philanthropic arm of the Ophthalmological Society of South Africa, which contributed more than R50 million in vision-restoring operations, has run out of funds.

Speaking to Joanne Joseph, Right to Sight trustee Dr Matt Young says there has always been a need for cataract surgery.

Cataract surgeries have been shined by the World Bank as one of the most cost-effective operations.

Dr Matt Young, Trustee - Right to Sight

We are looking for sponsors who can come in and help us with funding. We are getting donations all the time, right now we are looking for big sponsors to ramp up the capabilities of our surgeons.

Dr Matt Young, Trustee - Right to Sight

Listen to the full interview below...


This article first appeared on 702 : Right to Sight pleads for more donations to conduct cataract surgeries




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