Noor Dubai Foundation benefits 7,100 elders suffering from visual impairment in Bangladesh

Noor Dubai Foundation succeeded in treating 7,100 elders suffering from cataracts and other visual impairment during its mobile camp in Bangladesh in cooperation with the Dubai Health Authority (DHA). Noor Dubai Foundation is a non-profit organization, which has benefited more than 27 million individuals since its inception in 2008 with the aim of providing treatment to preventable forms of blindness, preventing the spread of diseases that cause blindness and educating the public about the causes of blindness and how to avoid them. The mobile camp was launched as part of the foundation's Tolerance in Treatment initiative, launched in light with the Year or Tolerance, with the aim of involving DHA employees in humanitarian and social programmes. Eleven DHA employees, volunteered in Bogra, Bangladesh. His Excellency Humaid Al Qutami, His Excellency Humaid Al Qutami, Director General of the DHA and Chairman of Noor Dubai Foundation said social responsibility and humanitarian work is a top priority for the DHA, which is why it was keen to support Noor Dubai Foundation in its noble humanitarian mission in Bangladesh . He added that the in line with the authority's humanitarian and social responsibility goals, the DHA constantly launches humanitarian initiatives and programs in the UAE and abroad to help those in need with the support of medical and administrative staff. Al Qutami stressed that the continuous support between the authority and the foundation strengthens partnerships between institutions, bodies and various entities and helps serve the goals and directives of Dubai, especially those linked to humanitarian work. He concluded by commending the DHA employees who volunteered in Bangldesh, adding that the authority's medical and administrative staff is known to be keen on lending a helping hand to those in need in the UAE and abroad. Borga is 1,971 km away from the capital Dhaka and has a population of 540,000. There are five hospitals in Bogra, with health services provided by 16 doctors. Furthermore, long distances and limited financial means makes access to these health services more difficult, which is why Noor Dubai chose to set up the mobile camp in it. Through the mobile eye camps, the foundation provided eye check-ups, medication, cataract surgeries, eyeglasses and early detection tests. Dr Manal Trayam, Board Member and CEO of Noor Dubai Foundation said that according to World Health Organisation around 253 million people worldwide suffer from visual impairment out of which 80% could have been treated or prevented. She added that in Bangladesh, 750,000 people suffer from visual impairment, around 1.5 million children suffer from eyesight weakness that could be prevented and 250,000 are at risk of blindness due to chronic diseases such as diabetes. Dr Taryam said that Noor Dubai Foundation has since its inception provided treatment to preventable forms of blindness to those with limited means and living in areas with limited access to eye care and healthcare in Asia and Africa. She added that 263,438 benefited from eye check-ups, 26,600 received surgeries and 62,034 eyeglasses were distributed. In addition to providing treatment and preventive programs, the foundation aims through its mobile camps to empower community members to improve the economic and social situation of individuals through providing them with the needed treatment. Dr Manal said the main cause of visual impairment among adults is cataract followed by refractive vision. She added that cataract, which is a clouding of the lens in the eye that affects vision can be easily reversed with the right treatment. Through receiving treatment, patients are able to go back to their daily lives and carry on their jobs and social responsibilities, leading to an improved economic and social conditions for those receiving treatment, said Dr Taryam, who pointed out that studies have shown that Cataract surgery contributes to alleviating poverty and improving the individual's life and family economy. Dr Taryam commended the efforts of DHA employees who provided valuable support to the mobile eye camps and contributed to providing the needed treatment to those in need. She also praised the efforts of the DHA volunteers, who renovated school classes in the same area. They also visited the Zayed Orphanage in the capital Dhaka in cooperation with the UAE Embassy in Bangladesh.

Source: Dubai Health Authority