, the UAE-based charity initiative focused on preventing and treating low vision and curable forms of blindness, today announced that it had successfully organized a cataract camp in one the worldâ€™s poorest and most remote areas.
is the first humanitarian initiative to provide large-scale cataract treatment in Maradi
, the third largest city in the West African country of Niger.
Excellency Qadhi Saeed Al Murooshid, CEO of Noor Dubai
and Director General of the Dubai Health Authority, said: â€œNoor Dubai cataract camp, which is organized in collaboration with Al Basar International Organization
, attracted thousands of patients who received medication, surgery and eyeglasses.
The initiative has helped many critical cases and returned the gift of sight to people who had resigned themselves to a life of blindness.â€
Mr. Al Murooshid highlighted the case of 7-year-old Khadija, who had lost her
eyesight to cataracts two years ago and was completely dependent on her
desperately poor family, unable to attend school.
The Noor Dubai team performed successful surgery on her
One of five children, Khadija is now looking forward to rejoining her
friends in class and one day supporting her
Dr. Moussa said: â€œNiger is deeply touched by the kindness of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashed Al Maktoum, UAE Prime Minister and Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, and we are honoured to receive the Noor Dubai initiative.
But Noor Dubai
is committed to providing needy people with levels of eye care taken for granted in developed countries.
To date, Noor Dubai
has restored the vision of more than 100,000 people in Pakistan, Sudan, Yemen, Chad, Niger and Dubai
The initiative has performed cataract surgeries on more than 10,000 individuals, and provided medication and corrective eyewear to more than 90,000 people.
is funding the foundationâ€™s fight against river blindness and other preventable vision loss in Africa, and has so far healed more than 400,000 in Ethiopia, Mali, Cameroon and Uganda.
HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE
, founded Noor Dubai
in September 2008 with the aim of healing more than one million men, women and children around the world in one year.
Noor Dubai is also working with international non-profit development agency ORBIS to provide patients with medical treatment, including cataract and trachoma surgeries, spectacles and training for primary health care workers, teachers and volunteer leaders from womenâ€™s groups.
Additionally, nurses from district-level health centers will be trained to provide primary eye care and perform trichiasis surgery.
Noor Dubai is also working with Al Basar International, a Saudi-based NGO focused on blindness prevention.