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TORONTO, May 30

CBMI Performed One Cataract Operation
Every Minute in 2004

Christian Blind Mission International (CBMI) is proud to report that we performed one cataract operation every minute in 2004 in developing countries. In total, CBMI and our local partners conducted 557,600 cataract surgeries last year alone. This number indicates more than a 13.5% increase in cataract extractions from 2003.

Dave McComiskey, Executive Director of CBMI Canada announced, "We are excited to see this marked increase in the provision of services to those who need it most."

Cataracts remain the world's leading cause of blindness accounting for nearly half of all cases. While cataracts affect people of all ages, it is particularly prevalent among the elderly. Blindness impacts the lives of every family member.

"Saving sight and saving lives starts with more concerned, compassionate people doing something about global blindness and disability. It's imperative to increase our ability to perform cataract surgeries in order to reach our goal of eliminating avoidable blindness by the year 2020 and enabling poor families to break the cycle of poverty," said McComiskey.

Christian Blind Mission International is the world's leading agency preventing and curing blindness as well as enabling people with disabilities in the poorest countries of the world, regardless of race, gender, age or religion.

CBMI provides medical and rehabilitation services to more than 11 million disabled and at-risk men, women and children each year through more than 1,000 projects in over 100 countries

CBMI has performed 6 million cataract operations in the developing world.

For further information on this story or interview with Dave McComiskey, Executive Director of CBMI Canada please contact:
Lindsay O'Connor
Media & Public Relations Manager, CBMI Canada
Toll Free: 1-800-567-2264 or (905) 640-6464 x 289
loconnor@cbmicanada.org


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