The TERF blindness prevention program aims to overcome the two biggest barriers to vision care for disadvantaged children and adults in Bangladesh: prohibitive cost and limited access. The objective of this program is to contribute to the elimination of avoidable blindness and promote equality of opportunity for the destitute and vision impaired.
Bangladesh Blindness Profile:
Source: The Summary Report of the Bangladesh National Blindness &Low Vision Survey (30 & above age group), May 2003
Cataracts are cloudy areas that develop in the lens of the eye, which is normally clear so that light can pass through easily. The poor don’t have access to eye health services, such as cataract treatment, and typically can’t afford them if they are available.
Source: The analysis of Sightsavers International:
TERF works with individuals, foundations, local NGOs and hospitals to facilitate safe and successful cataract operations. This straight-forward and inexpensive surgery replaces the damaged lens of the eye with a synthetic intra-ocular lens. The results of cataract treatment are miraculous. In most cases when the surgeon removes the bandages, patients can see almost immediately and often after having suffered from blindness for years.
TERF also facilitates free vision screenings and the distribution of eyeglasses to disadvantaged school children. The program involves screening children on-site to determine their vision correction needs and prescribing the appropriate glasses to those who need them. This brings education into focus and allows vision impaired school children to participate more in class activities.
TERF works with its local partners to help ensure the regular delivery of vitamin A to vulnerable populations in Bangladesh.