In June 2021, the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) (www.IsDB.org) and the Islamic Solidarity Fund for Development (FSD) collaborated with the National Eye Health Program (PNSO) to launch the 2nd phase (Generation II) of the Alliance. of the Fight Against Avoidable Blindness (AFAB) by carrying out two campaigns of cataract surgery in the towns of Diffa and Magaria in Niger.
As part of these campaigns, funded by the Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa (BADEA), 8,001 patients received visual screening and 1,029 cataract surgeries were performed in addition to ensuring post-surgical follow-up and patient visits.
These campaigns are part of an ongoing commitment to perform 100,000 surgeries over the next five years as part of the initiative of the IDB’s Regional Cooperation and Integration Department.
Prof. Amza Abdou, National Coordinator of the Eye Health Program (PNSO) in Niger, said: “I would like to express my thanks and gratitude to the IDB Group and BADEA for the constant efforts made to support the Nigerien government in combating preventable blindness and improving the quality of life of people with visual impairments and improving their socio-economic status. We want this exemplary South-South cooperation to remain sustainable, because the proportion of the population suffering from blindness remains high in Niger.
Khadija Amina Nabale, a 60-year-old cataract patient from Magaria said: “It is terrible to lose your sight. I stopped working as a volunteer midwife, which affected not only my life, but the lives of hundreds of pregnant women who rely on my help. The success of this operation not only gave me new hope in this life but also to the women of my village ”.
To build on the success of the first generation, the IDB and ISFD have decided to introduce the second generation of the Alliance which aims to benefit 13 IDB member countries, namely Burkina Faso, Chad, the Comoros, Côte d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mauritania, Mali, Mozambique, Niger, Somalia and Togo.
Distributed by APO Group on behalf of the Islamic Development Bank Group (IsDB Group).