10 Trips. 6 Countries. Countless Lives Impacted.
"Adult glaucoma will affect anywhere from 4 to 8% of the population in Sub Saharan Africa after age 30, often resulting in complete blindness by age 45. If that patient is male, the entire family is economically doomed to live in poverty."
Support VF (Volunteer Faculty): Dr. Karim Damji
Dr. Karim Damji is an ophthalmologist and professor at the University of Alberta, leading the fight against glaucoma in Africa. Dr. Damji is working to increase awareness of the importance of regular eye exams, expand early detection and treatment training.
Born in England and raised in Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya, Dr. Damji has an affinity for East Africa and has been part of several international eye health projects.
Dr. Damji is especially proud of the success they've had in training glaucoma specialists. "We've used a sandwich model to train people from Ethiopia and Kenya that are now the first glaucoma specialists in all of Sub-Saharan Africa."
Since 2006, Dr. Damji has travelled to both Kenya and Ethiopia at least yearly, something the University of Alberta has supported wholeheartedly. “The U of A really encourages global citizenship, because it builds bridges and expands our knowledge. They learn from us, we learn from them and we all become better doctors.
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Remember – It only takes $50 to save the sight of an adult and $100 to restore the sight of a child!
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