Thanks to our generous supporters and a substantial medical equipment donation from Pacific Eye Institute in Southern California, a container full of more than $200,000 worth of surgical equipment and supplies is on its way to Tanzania!
We have partnered with Dr. Japhet Boniface, a local Ophthalmologist practicing at Mawenzi Kilimanjaro Regional Hospital. We also plan to collaborate with the Kilimanjaro Center for Community Ophthalmology. Dr. Boniface has access to an operating suite, but he has no surgical equipment. We plan to fully equip his clinic and operating room so he can begin serving patients. Our aim as we invest in his local practice will be to facilitate services for local patients who cannot afford care. Visiting surgical teams from Sight Restoration International will work alongside Dr. Boniface to meet the great need in the region.
Looking forward, as we expand services in this region our aim is to harness the profitable local tourism industry to subsidize the costs of eye-care delivery. Our ultimate goal is to develop a locally sustainable model of eye-care outreach.
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