, the UAE-based charity focused on preventing and treating low vision and curable forms of blindness, announced yesterday that it had successfully organised an eye camp in one of the world's areas, mostly affected by natural disasters and poverty.
is the first humanitarian establishment to provide large-scale eye treatment in Sindh following the floods last year.
Overall, Noor Dubai
and its partners provided a comprehensive healthcare service to an area of need, that was devastated by natural disasters, poverty and lack of basic healthcare infrastructure.
Dr. Manal Taryam, CEO of Noor Dubai
, said: "The extreme poverty in the area is made worse by the fact that the town of Shahdadkot of the Sindh Province, was the one area most affected by the floods in Pakistan.
This town is located 342km away from Karachi.
Some of the cases treated in the camp were of those affected by Diabetic Retinopathy" To date, Noor Dubai
has restored the vision of more than 5.8 million people in Pakistan, Sudan, Yemen, Chad, Niger, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Ethiopia, Mali, Uganda, Palestine, Iraq, Jordan, Oman, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates.
This Non-Governmental, non-for-profit organisation has performed cataract surgeries for more than 10,000 individuals, and provided medication and corrective eyewear to more than 90,000 people through the eye camps.
has funded, in 2008 and 2009 the fight against river blindness and other causes of preventable vision loss in Africa, and has so far reached out to more than 5 million individuals in Ethiopia, Mali, Cameroon and Uganda.
H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, founded Noor Dubai the initiative in September 2008 with the aim of healing more than one million men, women and children around the world in one year.
and partners have also worked in 2009 to provide patients with medical treatment, including trachoma surgeries, spectacles and training for primary health care workers, teachers and volunteer leaders from women's groups.
Additionally, nurses from district-level health centres have been trained to provide primary eye care.
Noor Dubai has worked with Al Basar International, a Saudi-based NGO focused on blindness prevention.