CCBRT_Press_Release_World_Sight_Day_14_October_2010 by panniuniu


									                                                                                    Friday 11th October 2010

Changing Lives, Changing Communities

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     CCBRT, with Lions Clubs, offers free eye screenings to mark
                      World Sight Day 2010
CCBRT, in partnership with Lions fraternity Clubs of Tanzania, is to provide free eye screenings in
Dar es Salaam to mark this year‟s World Sight Day held on 14th October. World Sight Day is an
annual day of awareness held around the world to bring attention to the issue of avoidable blindness
and visual impairments. With nearly two thirds of blind people globally being women and girls, the
theme of this year‟s World Sight Day is „Countdown to 2020‟.

There will be four screening stations as follows:

Day               Date                        Station
Thursday          14th Oct                    Kongowe health centre (Near Kibaha)
Friday            15th Oct                    Kongowe health centre (Near Kibaha)
Saturday          16th Oct                    Mkuranga hospital
Sunday            17th Oct                    Mkuranga hospital

Following the screenings, people in need of surgery will be referred to CCBRT Disability Hospital
where treatment is affordable and accessible to all. Lions Clubs Tanzania will be contributing to the
cost of the eye surgeries.

Kazim Dhalla, an ophthalmologist and head of eye department at CCBRT said: “We strongly urge
people, especially women and girls, to come to the eye screenings. Parents, in particular, should bring
their children along if they think their children may have problems seeing or if they notice a „white
spot‟ appearing in the centre of the eye. This could be cataract which is curable with a simple
operation. 80 per cent of blindness can be avoided so it‟s very important to seek early treatment.”

CCBRT will be launching the white pupil campaign in the near future focusing on early intervention
and prevention of blindness (pediatric cataract and retinoblastoma) which will be gathering pace
following the conference of 100 health workers to be held at CCBRT on 4 and 5 November.

Service at all the eye clinics will be on a first come, first served basis.

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                                                                                Friday 11th October 2010
Some facts;

     80% of blindness is avoidable, through treatment, cure or prevention
     90% of blind people live in low-income countries
     Cataract is the leading cause of blindness in the world
     8 million people worldwide are blind due to uncorrected refractive errors. A simple sight test
      and glasses could restore sight to most of these people.
(Source: Vision 2020)

Notes to Editors:

Comprehensive Community Based Rehabilitation in Tanzania (CCBRT) is the largest indigenous
provider of disability and rehabilitation services in Tanzania. Each year approximately 120,000 people
directly access its services which include a disability hospital, community programme, an education
programme and economic empowerment initiatives. CCBRT also runs extensive national and
international training programmes and is actively advocating for the rights of people with disabilities to
be recognized at national policy level. CCBRT‟s main aim is to improve the quality of life for people
living with disability, their family members and caregivers to enable them to become full members of
society. In a public-private partnership with the Government of Tanzania, CCBRT is also in the
process of establishing a new maternity hospital for Dar es Salaam region. Provided funding is
secured, construction is due to begin in 2011 next to the current disability hospital in Msasani.

About Lions Clubs
Lions Clubs is the world‟s largest service club organization and the global leader in humanitarian and
community service. With over 1.3 million members in 205 countries, Lions work to meet the needs of
local communities and the world.

For further information please contact:
Meg Muigai - 0732 999 583 /

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