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Muzayfa's Story - Curing Blindness in Ethiopia

videos | Aug 01, 2016

In Muzayfa’s Story, a young boy named Muzayfa, who has been completely blinded all his short life by cataracts in both eyes, gets the gift of sight after being operated on by Dr. Tabin. Within minutes of having the patches removed, he is able to see well enough to walk unassisted, something he’s never before been able to do.

A mini-series featuring the work of the Himalayan Cataract Project in Ethiopia.

Blindness is most prevalent in developing countries where malnutrition, inadequate health and education services, poor water quality, and a lack of sanitation lead to a high incidence of eye disease. Fully 90 percent of the world’s visually impaired live in low-income settings.

In the least-developed countries, and in particular Sub-Saharan Africa, cataracts are responsible for half of all avoidable blindness. Other causes include glaucoma (15%), corneal opacities (10%), trachoma (6.8%), childhood blindness (5.3%), and onchocerciasis (4%). A simple, low-cost, one-time procedure can restore full sight to patients with cataracts — but in too many places those procedures are not yet available.

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