Northern Uganda is one of the remaining pockets of global systemic poverty. Most of the community in which we work live under the $2 a day mark and lacks basic infrastructure and resources. That is why it is nearly impossible for the Ugandan government to address the basic needs of the 1.4 million South Sudanese refugees who have fled to the area and why CRESS has stepped in opening and operating a Primary Health Care Clinic, Jehovah Rapa, which in 2021 saw over 12,000 patients and some 200 births. Eye work has never before been possible due to funding issues, but we are pleased to have secured a grant to fund this eye screen programme for the next three years.
Today’s eye screening is being carried out by professional eye doctors from Arua hospital, they have travelled out to Mijale some 100 Kilometres and are staying in the town for 4 nights.
Edward Mika, head of the CRESS funded clinic in Mijale is overseeing the project and says,
“Such a fantastic work taking place in Mijale. Most of the patients have blindness due to cataracts which have been recorded for surgery“