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BURCO EYE CENTRE
APPEAL FOR EYE SURGEONS
You will need to speak either Somali or Arabic, and be located in EU, Britain, US or Africa. You must have practical surgical experience in eye care with appropriate recognized medical certifications that can be verified and three written references (two from current employer) and one a character reference.
Funded by Tawakal Lifeline Charity UK the Eye Centre in Somaliland is coordinated and managed by Manhal Charity. Manhal is a Medical charity lead by an eminent eye surgeon DR SHINE. With the support of his medical team they have become pioneers in ophthalmic care in Somalia/Somaliland. The operations are in response to patients who have poor eye sight due to The most common cause is aging, diabetes, eye injury, metabolic diseases, drugs and hereditary conditions. Since 2004 Manhal Charity has made rapid strides towards the expansion of affordable eye cares services to Somalis are who are too poor to access private and public health care services.
Cataract is a major cause of blindness in Somaliland affecting 1.2% of the population if untreated can lead to total blindness. With an estimated 65% of the population living in rural areas where eye care facilities are almost non-existent the situation required some intervention aimed at providing support to communities without access to proper care and treatment.
Burao is the second capital city of Somaliland. The Eye Clinic is located in the region of Togdheer home to 1.4million populace. Somaliland population is estimated to be 4.5million. Prior to February 2007, the region had no functional eye care service except one doctor and three ophthalmic nurses who are working in rudimentary private sector and with lack of resources and equipment.
Manhal Charity carried out two eye camps in 2002 and 2004, which has been operated 1,031 blind and mature cataracts. The blindness is a major health problem in the region and the establishment of the Eye Centre by Tawakal Lifeline UK and Manhal Charity work has started to reduce the burden of blindness in the region. The prevalence of cataract in Somaliland is 1.2% according to WHO estimation, for this regard there are 8,400 blind people in the region mostly cataract.
Aims and Objectives:
uTo deal and treat common eye problems
uTo reduce one third of the burden of blindness within 3 years in operating 2,800 per annum over three year
uTo correct refractive errors
uTo establish links between Manhal medical charity and Eye Surgeons in EU, Britain, Asia, Africa and USA
uTo appeal for eye equipment, medical surgeons and teaching materials to upgrade local skills
TO CONTACT US
For informal chat speak to Sarah 00 44 7951 310 169