The Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) has deployed an eye-treatment and anti-blindness medical convoy to Atbara, River Nile State, Sudan. The $50,000 mission is being carried out in partnership with the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC).
The mission aims to provide assistance to cataract patients in River Nile State, by examining them, giving consultations and treatment as needed, identify the cases that require surgical intervention, performing the cataract operations, and providing pre-procedure and post-procedure care.
Other activities include providing the Atbara Eye Hospital with medical equipment and supplies and training local medical staff.
Over 10 days, a medical team from QRCS will receive the patients on a daily basis, assisted with the hospital’s workforce. The medical convoy is expected to receive up to 4,000 patients, from whom 500 critical cases will be selected for cataract surgeries. In addition, there will be 2,500 indirect beneficiaries from the families of the patients.
Earlier this month, memoranda of understanding were signed with the Sudanese Red Crescent Society (SRCS) and the Atbara Eye Hospital to co-ordinate the roles, supervise the workflow, secure all travel facilitations and permissions, select the beneficiaries in co-ordination with Sudan’s Blindness Programme Department of the Ministry of Health, and purchase all the needed medical equipment and consumables.
By the end of this month, another medical convoy is set to be deployed to Nyala, South Darfur State, Sudan, to perform 100 operations in general surgery, urology, orthopaedics, and paediatrics. The USD 80,000 mission will comprise specialists and consultants from Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC), and they will be assisted by the local staff at Nyala Public Hospital.
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