Health Desk: 08 Feb’18: Orbis International Bangladesh will offer free eye care service to forcibly displaced Myanmar nationals (FDMN) and host communities in Cox’s Bazar.
The international organisation signed a partnership agreement with Cox’s Bazar Baitush Sharaf Hospital to this effect at the Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commissioner’s (RRRC) office on Tuesday.
The partnership will implement a project QCV (Qatar Creating Vision) Expanding Eye Care in south east Bangladesh, funded by Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD).
Under the project, free eye screening will be conducted on 50,000 people (60% children and 40% adult), medicine and spectacles provided to 8,000 children and adults, surgical treatment offered to 20 children and 850 adults (child surgery and complicated cataract and other surgery) and skill development training will be given to around 250 frontline health workers and ophthalmic personnel in the first year of the project.
Dr Munir Ahmed, Country Director of Orbis International Bangladesh, and MM Sirajul Islam, General Secretary of Cox’s Bazar Baitush Sharaf Hospital, signed the agreement on behalf of their respective sides.
Orbis International Bangladesh will provide basic eye care services to those who are living in the temporary camps of two upazilas (Ukhia and Teknaf) in Cox’s Bazar district and also to the host population in the neighbouring areas in Moheskhali and Chakaria.
Orbis will establish vision centers outside the camp for the host community. A mobile unit will work at the camp areas to conduct primary screening of children and adults.