Thursday, 10 Dec 2020
Despite the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic, CBM and our partner organisations have been working hard to ensure that people with disabilities are not left behind. In eastern Nepal, CBM has supported the work of the Biratnagar Eye Hospital in continuing to provide eye care and corrective surgery during the global pandemic. This service is vital for many people, who without corrective eye surgery face diminished sight and preventable blindness.
“Daughter! I can see your face! My dark days are now over! You are not alone on the farm anymore”, exclaimed Chaulia, who received corrective surgery for cataracts. Chaulia shared her experience with cataracts with CBM –She has a son with an intellectual disability, and as her vision decreased, so too did her employment opportunities. She was struggling to support her son. After her neighbour encouraged her to seek medical support, she had her sight checked thoroughly at the hospital and her cataract surgery scheduled. This process was not without obstacles – one particular challenge was getting transport to the hospital from her village. “The transportation cost is higher than the surgery. I paid a taxi two times more than the surgery cost”, she said, but it was worth it in the end. “Now I will be able to support my daughter and son who most often need…support for daily living activities” The surgery gave Chaulia her vision and opportunities back giving her a brighter future for 2021 and beyond.