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