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Renowned visionary, Dr. Rainald
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.
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.
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 help."
"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 Dave McComiskey.
Dr. Duerksen and his wife, Therese, will be presenting
their story across Canada, April 3-16.
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