About Miracles Week

We are raising 5 million shillings for 250 children to have a life changing Cataract surgery.

According to WHO, a cataract is the world’s  leading cause of blindness. A child goes blind due to cataracts every minute and 50% of all children who go blind, die within two weeks.

You can change this for Kenyan children and their families.

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With the best doctors and well reknowned facilities across the country, we are changing lives.

CBM has performed over 12 million cataract operations since 1966. In Kenya, the surgeries supported by this campaign will be performed with our long standing partners at:

  • PCEA Kikuyu Eye Unit – Kikuyu
  • Tenwek Hospital Eye Unit – Bomet
  • Kwale District Eye Center – Kwale
  • Lighthouse for Christ Eye Center – Mombasa
  • Sabatia Eye Hospital – Vihiga

  

Donation progress

About Cataract

What is a cataract?

A cataract is a clouding of the lens in the eye that affects vision. A cataract can occur in either or both eyes. It cannot spread from one eye to the other.

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What Causes Cataracts?

Most cataracts are related to ageing, but children may be born with the condition (congenital cataract). Cataract may also develop after an injury, inflammation, drug use or disease.

Here is how the surgery works:

1. Children are given a general anaesthetic, to stop them wriggling on the table.

2. A small incision is made in the eye; the lens containing the milky, opaque cataract is removed. A surgery can take as little as 12 minutes.

3. A new plastic intraocular lens is inserted so the eye can focus.

4. After 24 hours the bandages come off and the healing is checked; the person open their eyes to a whole new world full of possibilities and hope!

A brighter future for Gloria

Gloria trying to reach an object in front of her

Gloria trying to reach an object in front of her

When Gloria was only two months old her parents noticed there was no movement across her eyes and she could not detect light. After trying herbal and traditional medicine her mother decided to get help from a local dispensary, but the doctor at the clinic was not able to help her; she referred them to CBM partner Tenwek hospital. She was diagnosed as having congenital cataract esotropia and went through a successful cataract surgery. Gloria can now see and play happily.

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Referred to CBM Partner

Meet Gloria, this little active and beautiful girl, when she was only two months old her parents noticed there was no movement across her eyes and she could not detect light. Her parents George and Agnes of Migori County have four children in total and had no stable source of income. They depended on occasional casual jobs within their community. This made it difficult for them to access and afford treatment for Gloria.

The community encouraged the mother to use herbal medicine but she insisted on a hospital visit. Gloria’s mother decided to visit a nearby dispensary for further assessment. The doctor at the clinic was not able to help her, so she referred the baby to CBM partner Tenwek hospital . Gloria’s parents could not afford the amount needed to cater for their transport needs to the hospital but the kind doctor saw the need and contributed towards this.

Successful Surgery

Gloria walking around happily after seeing her mother in front of her

Gloria walking around happily after seeing her mother in front of her

Gloria was admitted immediately on arrival at Tenwek Hospital after being diagnosed as having congenital cataract esotropia (white spot in both eyes). She went through a successful cataract surgery.

A partnership between CBM and Standard Chartered Bank Kenya provides sponsorship so that children like Gloria can benefit and whose families may not be able to meet the cost of eye surgery. Gloria can now see to the extent that she can follow and touch anything that passes through her reach. Her mother who has played a key role in her life is the happiest woman you can imagine.

”I can now go to ‘kibarua’ (casual job) leaving the baby with others in the house, I am happy for Tenwek Hospital I will live to remember them” she says. The community was astonished, many of them now see the value of visiting a hospital for assessment rather than depending only on traditional and herbal medicines.