(South Sudan) Blindness Prevention and Rehabilitation
South Sudan has arguably the highest rate of preventable and treatable eye disease in the world. Cataracts are the primary cause of preventable blindness in South Sudan, and Onchocerciasis (river blindness) the second.
Father John Barth, M.M., continues to respond to the need in South Sudan to assist the blind and provide treatment for blindness prevention and rehabilitation. Father Barth is expanding his work in the Lui Hospial offering scholarships to medical staff to learn ophthalmic care as cataract surgeons, nurses and ophthalmic clinical officers.
Your gift will also help prepare a new eye clinic there where the newly trained staff will work upon completion of their studies. This new clinic will be the first eye clinic capable of eye surgery in the state of Western Equatoria, estimated population of 1.5 million people.
- The center has become the primary and busiest eye referral site in the whole county, serving patients from all 10 states
- A new primary eye clinic in Kapoeta Mission Hospital, run by the NGO Caritas Torit and owned by the Diocese of Torit was developed
- Provided scholarship for the Ophthalmic Clinical Officer, initial supplies, medicines and equipment for Kapoeta Mission Hospital
- A center was developed at the Torit State Hospital, run by the state ministry of health in partnership with the Dutch NGO called CORDAID