News Archive

September 26, 2009 - Daily News Tanzania
"Much of the Blindness in Tanzania Can Be Prevented"

Joel Lawi of Daily News Tanzania recently interviewed Peter Barnard, Country Director for Helen Keller International. According to the article, blindness is a significant problem in Tanzania. The primary cause is cataracts, which causes the lens of the eye to become cloudy, eventually leading to blindness. Other serious conditions are trachoma, onchocerciasis and refractive error. All of these conditions can be prevented or treated and present a challenge to Tanzania.

HKI has been established in Tanzania since 1984 and has expanded its role to support eye care and nutrition programmes which save 30,000 children's lives per year. According to Barnard, the main challenges to preventing and treating blindess in Tanzania are ensuring a supply of clean water, training eye doctors for surgery and raising the necessary resources to restore sight.