Women and Children

The problem

In the absence of prenatal care, adequate birthing facilities and trained healthcare workers, many infants and even mothers do not make it through childbirth. Women who experience prolonged labor are often left with obstetric fistulas, which must be surgically repaired.

How we help

We support high volume surgical eye camps in remote parts of western Ethiopia. In a single week long campaign, Dr. Samuel Bora, an Ethiopian ophthalmologist, can perform up to 350 operations, a feat that is impressive for just about any Ophthalmologist .

We also diagnose and treat other eye diseases such as glaucoma and trachoma over the course of this weekly camp. It’s not uncommon for us to see more than 2,000 patients.

Women perform 66 percent of the world’s work, produce 50 percent of the food, but earn 10 percent of the income and own 1 percent of the property.

    2012 World Bank Report