Untreated eye conditions such as cataracts affect millions of people in Pakistan. In 2016, we examined more than 7.6 million people for eye problems and supported 33,000 sight-saving operations.
Pakistan is the sixth highest populated country in the world, yet almost 30 per cent of the population live in poverty.
Sightsavers is working to reduce avoidable blindness caused by diabetic retinopathy by performing regular screenings for early detection and regular follow-up appointments in three districts in Pakistan. We are also working to strengthen the country’s health system by training health workers and raising awareness of children’s eye health within communities.
Sightsavers has a project specifically focused on reducing childhood blindness in Pakistan, which is most common in children under five. A group of 930 trained Lady Health Workers work directly with communities to provide primary health care and visit families regularly to ensure that all children, even those who don’t attend school, are seen. Some 25,000 children will be screened for eye conditions including refractive error and cataracts.
The Global Trachoma Mapping Project is the largest infectious disease survey ever undertaken, helping to pinpoint accurately the world’s trachoma-endemic areas. Completed in January 2016, the project saw surveyors collect data from 2.6 million people in 29 countries, including Pakistan, using Android smartphones.