Renowned visionary, Dr. Rainald
Cross Canada Speaking Tour for CBMI Canada.
Over 3 million people in South America are blind. Almost half of
them could have their sight restored literally overnight, with a
12-minute eye surgery. Unfortunately, there are not enough trained
eye doctors to meet the need, particularly among the rural poor.
Renowned ophthalmologist and visionary, Dr. Rainald Duerksen, will
be touring April 3-16 across Canada to give a first-hand account
of his team's heroic efforts to make eye care and cataract surgery
available and affordable for every last man, woman and child in
South America. And he'll tell how Canadians can significantly help
to make this vision a reality.
Based in Paraguay, Dr. Duerksen has set up a model eye clinic that
delivers first-class, self-sustainable eye treatment, to wealthy
and poor patients alike. His goal is to train eye doctors from throughout
South America - countries like Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador - to make
the Paraguayan model work in these countries as well.
During workdays, hundreds of poor patients crowd into a walk-in
eye clinic of where Dr. Duerksen practices. This is a rented facility
too small for the growing number of patients, let alone for training
a growing number of eye doctors.
Dr. Duerksen was elected as the regional chair for the IAPB (Int'l
Agency for the Prevention of Blindness) in Beijing and awarded by
the IAPB for his achievements in Blindness Prevention in the region.
In 2003 he was awarded with the outstanding achievements in PBL
in the Latin America region by the Brazilian Society of Ophthalmology
and last year was appointed as the Regional Chair for the IAPB General
Assembly in Dubai, for the period of 2004 - 2008, he will be responsible
for the implementation of Vision 2020 "The Right to Sight"
program in Latin America.
Christian Blind Mission International Canada has been in partnership
since 2001. Together, we are committed to building a strategic base
eye hospital in Asunción, Paraguay, where Dr. Duerksen and
his team will train eye doctors and treat an ever growing number
of patients. This facility will set the standard for comprehensive
eye care in South America where millions of people are trapped by
blindness and poverty.
"I believe this training hospital, and visionaries like Dr.
Duerksen are absolutely essential to CBMI's goal of wiping out unnecessary
blindness in South America by the year 2020," commented Dave
McComiskey, Executive Director of CBMI Canada. "I also believe
that we can only rescue and restore more people trapped in blindness
by poverty, if more caring Canadians find it in their hearts to
"There is honestly not a better gift than giving the gift
of sight back to a mom, dad or child. It transforms the whole family's
ability to survive and thrive, literally over night," stated
Dr. Duerksen and his wife, Therese, will be presenting
their story across Canada, April 3-16.
Check out Speaking Tour locations at www.cbmicanada.org
For further information please contact::
Media & Public Relations Manager, CBMI Canada
Toll Free: 1-800-567-2264 or (905) 640-6464 x 289
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