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Village Eye Screening and Cataract Operation Program

Charity: John Fawcett Foundation
Location: Indonesia
Genre: Education
In Indonesia 2.4 million people are cataract blind. The majority of these are too poor to seek specialist medical treatment and so remain blind.

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The John Fawcett Foundation (JFF) works with people to restore their sight, provide life-changing procedures including cataract operations and prosthetic eyes. Their headquarters are in Bali, Indonesia, and they conduct a range of programs there and on neighbouring islands.

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How JFF’s project addresses this problem:

Our team travels to villages throughout Bali, where they screen people with vision problems, distributing glasses to those who need them, treating eye infections, operating those who are cataract blind.

In a normal village program 300-400 people with vision problems are screened, 70% of these receive glasses, 60% are treated for eye infections and up to 10 people identified as cataract blind receive sight-restoring operations.

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The village program takes place on a single day, with post-operative checks the following day.

JFF’s headquarters are in Bali, Indonesia, and its projects include Sight Restoration and Blindness Prevention, Corrective Surgery, Prosthetic Eyes, and Technology Transfer. JFF’s projects extend throughout Indonesia, in locations where people are impoverished and medical specialist services are scarce.

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