Millions of people around the globe are functionally blind because they didn’t get access to appropriate medical service promptly. To say it in the language of numbers, approximately 1.3 billion people around the world live with some form of vision impairment, and 80% of them could have been cured if they had appropriate early access to eye exams and glasses, according to WHO (world health organization). That’s why the World Sight Day initiative was introduced to the world at the very beginning, to avoid as much as we can visual impairment.
World Sight Day is an annual day of awareness held on the second Thursday of October to focus global attention on blindness and vision impairment. It is coordinated by the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) as part of the VISION 2020 Global Initiative.
It is supported by eye health organizations around the world – including Magrabi Foundation – and is included on the official World Health Organization (WHO) calendar. This year’s World Sight Day is on October 11th.
And in accordance with this year theme “Eye Care Everywhere” Magrabi foundation have organized several outreach convoys covering a large geographical area of the unprivileged parts of Egypt, these convoys went to:
- Dahshur, Giza (40 KM from Cairo) with the total number of 150 persons examined. September 28th
- Matarya, Cairo (School screening)with a total number of 400 students examined. September 30th
- Abshuway, Fayoum (120Km from Cairo) and a total number of 370 persons examined. October 7th
- Semla village, Gharbya governorate (150Km from Cairo) and a total number of 350 examinations. November 2nd.
The four convoys have examined 1270 residents and we target to make the total number around 3500 by extending our World Sight Day activities to the end of the year, sending more four convoys:
- November 15th (scheduled) in Belqas, Dakahlia governorate (170KM from Cairo) with a target of 350 examinations.
- November 28, 29 (scheduled) in Dakhla and Kharga oases, Al Wadi Al Gedid governorate (600Km from Cairo) with a target of 800 examinations.
- December 2nd (scheduled) in Abshuway, Fayoum with a target of 350 examinations.
- December 26, 27 (scheduled) in Nubia, Aswan Governorate (900Km from Cairo) with a target of 800 examinations.
In addition to the convoys, we’ve announced a free examination day on October 11th in all Magrabi Foundation’s satellite clinics located in (Haram, Saff, Badrashin, Shubra Al Khaimah, Qalyoub, Nubarya, and Kafr Al-Sheikh) our doctors have carried out 1172 free examinations for walk-in patients on that single day.
Moreover, we’ve started an online campaign to raise awareness about World Sight Day itself. We’ve produced an awareness video, to focus on how the Egyptian culture value eyes and sight, in order to create a connection between the audience and the cause of WSD. The video went viral and received very encouraging feedback with more than a million views on Facebook and 300k views on YouTube. That video was produced with Arabic voice-over and both Arabic and English Subtitles.
At Magrabi foundation we work hard to offer equitable eye healthcare solutions, regardless of race, age, gender, ethnicity, income, location, etc. By making our solutions more accessible, affordable and acceptable to the general public, we ensure optimal clinical care, improve the environment, positively change health behaviors, and empower personal, social and economic goals to impact the lives of many generations to come.