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Pakistan, Punjab: Eye Hospital

By: Ralf Schroers

Fund year: 2021

My story

Most blindness in Pakistan is caused by cataracts. If caught early, cataracts can be treated with a traightforward operation.

76% of people in Pakistan live on less than $5.50 per day and many hospitals in Punjab tend to
charge high fees meaning that marginalised families cannot afford care.

How Microlend helped

Microlend Australia continued the benevolent work of a Singaporean church by completing the internal fit out of a recently constructed Eye Care Centre, including the purchase of all the medical equipment ophthalmologists need to perform cataract surgery.

The Centre will re-invest profits from paying patients into future self-sustaining microfinance projects, whilst providing pro bono treatments for those in need.

The Centre commenced seeing patients in September 2021 and endeavours to expand capacity when additional ophthalmologists come on board.

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