Serving the poor and the needy is a humanitarian message that cannot be hindered by time or place as it is carried out by loyal persons throughout generations. Direct Aid Society has employees whom Allah chooses to support the needy and make their wishes true. Such employees are ambassadors of good deeds to help wherever there is poor or needy.
The Seventh Surgical Eye Camp in Ethiopia:
In Dacey city located at the Ethiopian Province “Amhara”, Direct Aid Society held recently its seventh eye camp through which 811 surgeries have been carried out as well as about 10 thousand patients have been examined.
Federal Ministry of Health Chooses the Camp Place:
In coordination with ministry of health in the federal government in Addis Ababa, the city of Dacey has been chosen to hold the camp and to perform the surgeries in its hospital as the majority of the city populations are poor farmers or shepherds who are in a bad need for specialized medical services. Despite the spread of cataract cases dramatically among the population, the province hospitals have a severe shortage of doctors and eye surgeons.
Dacey is considered one of the greatest cities after Behrdar, the capital of Amhara province (360 Km north of the capital Addis Ababa), which is the second greatest provinces in Ethiopia in terms of its area and number of population where its number of population is estimated with 20 million persons according to the latest statistics.
Most of its population works in the field of agriculture and the Muslims represent 65% of the population.
Phases of the Camp Implementation:
The camp implementation goes through different stages lasted for nearly two months and half including each of the initial arrangements of the project, provision of medical equipments and supplies, getting the necessary governmental licenses, choosing the appropriate location for holding the camp, preparing rooms for surgeries, choosing the medical team, preparing the work plan, making the suitable propaganda for the project in the local media to receive the greatest numbers of patients, examining the patients and finally performing surgeries.
Annual Camp and 4500 Surgical Operations in Six Years:
This is the seventh of Ophthalmology camps organized by Direct Aid Office in Ethiopia over the last years. The previous camps have been held in different provinces including Gambella, Bany Shanghol Qmoz, Somalia and Amhara in which more than 4500 surgical operations have been carried out and 70% of the cases were women. According to the statistics held by Ethiopian ministry of health in 2006/2007, cases affected with blindness reached to 1.2 million among whom 50% have been affected as a result of cataract disease.
Supplementary Camp Will Be Held Next September for Treating 1000 Additional Case:
Currently, Direct Aid prepares for holding a supplementary camp in the same hospital in Dacey city during which 1000 surgeries will be carried out to remove cataract for patients who have been previously examined but because of the camp’s budget and capabilities, surgeries have not been performed and many other patients are still on the waiting lists.
20 Years of Work in Ethiopia:
Direct Aid worked for more than 20 years through its office in Ethiopia which was inaugurated in 1994 by Dr. Abdul Rahman Al-Sumait, May Allah Have Mercy on Him. Throughout this period, Direct Aid implemented a lot of educational, social, humanitarian and health projects through its various offices located in a number of Ethiopian cities including Yabela, Jijiga and Tazarit. These projects included drilling dozens of wells and constructing dozens of mosques, schools, medical clinics and others.
Direct Aid Strategy to Combat Blindness in Africa:
Direct Aid Society adopts strategy to combat blindness in Africa through which it aims to treat 1 million cases of blindness in various African countries through holding specialized medical camps for treating eye diseases. Such camps have been organized and carried out directly or in cooperation with some international organizations working in Ethiopia. Through these camps, both of medical services are being presented and surgeries are being performed to remove cataract for the poor and the needy for free.
Cataract Removal Surgery Takes 15 and Costs 40 KD:
It is mentioned that 35 million persons are affected with blindness and 80% of them can be cured. Moreover, each 5 seconds, there is one man catches blindness and each 60 seconds, there one child catches blindness and most of those cases appear in Asia and Africa. Also, Cataract surgery in Africa costs 40 KD and takes only 15 minutes where the affected person, God Willing, can see normally after the surgery