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Tume's Story - Curing Blindness in Ethiopia

videos | Aug 01, 2016

Tume is a young Ethiopian girl who is blinded with a cataract. Watch her on her journey from a child who is mocked and teased by others to one who is now attending school and getting an education.

Video Transcript

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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