Sphera collaborated with Oshen Healthcare, the Barraquer Ophthalmology Center, and Hospital Geral de Luanda and successfully carried out 480 cataracts surgeries in 6 days.
The cataracts expedition that took place in Luanda, Angola from February 17 to 23, 2019 was the fifth of its kind for Sphera. Additionally, it was double the size of all previous expeditions. The team this year consisted of 11 people including 3 ophthalmologists, 2 anesthesiants, 2 nurses, and numerous Oshen volunteers. Elena Baraquer, a prestigious ophthalmologist surgeon from the Baraquer institute, stated in a press interview “Our team and I are flattered. Our mission is accomplished and our work has been very successful.” Elena and her team managed to complete an average of 250 consultations every day, which ranged from cataracts, glaucoma, problems in the retina and allergies. In total, 480 cataracts surgeries were completed with 100% success rate. This expedition would not be possible without the medical team and Oshen volunteers.
Cataract is the leading cause of blindness in Africa affecting half of the seven million blind people in that continent. A cataract is a medical condition where the eye’s natural lens, which lies behind the iris and the pupil, is clouded. Cataracts can be a major interference to everyday simple activities if not treated. In Africa, there are on average 2.7 ophthalmologist for every million people. Comparing that figure to the US, where there are over 58 surgeons for every million people. Substantial progress has been made on several fronts over the past few years to bringing more ophthalmologists to Africa to minimize the occurrence of this condition.
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