We are pleased to inform that AssistRR arranged 579 free cataract surgeries in 2019, under very difficult circumstances. Majority of the patients were from Mannar and Mullaithivu and were taken to hospitals near Colombo for the surgeries. Breakdown of the surgeries is given in this link: Breakdown of Cataract Surgeries. AssitRR would like to express its gratitude to Creador Foundation from Malaysia, Canada Scarborough Sai Group, Optical Seva (UK London Sai Group), and An anonymous donor from UK for their generous financial support towards these surgeries. Special thanks to Ramakrishna Mission (Colombo) for lending their facility for patients to perform their morning ablutions, and to Mr Kumutharanjan Arulkumaran, who has been taking these patients to Colombo for surgeries and taking care of them. A surgery is currently costing around £45-£50 due to various reasons, which are beyond our control. We should point out that this is the cheapest cost of a surgery at present. If anyone/any organisation interested in funding surgeries, please kindly contact us. There is still a huge backlog and we can certainly help the poor, elderly and vulnerable patients to regain their eyesight.
Photos are given in the links below:
Suwanetha Eye Hospital – Mannar Patients – 13/07/19: https://photos.google.com/album/AF1QipPQxncPGDlip4yaAduj9bZTz3jBkt3Gzy_x4G
Kadawatha Lions Hospital – Mullaithivu Patients – 18/08/19: https://photos.google.com/album/AF1QipNeRQO6u_vR3t4re8ekk-A_4rT7O0XGFVu4YyaD
Suwanetha Eye Hospital – Mullaithivu Patients – 07/09/19: https://photos.google.com/album/AF1QipPdxJeaPSYmGJjNndjDisCeD4fjsTDDZptDmU_z
Suwanetha Eye Hospital – Mannar Patients – 21/09/19: https://photos.google.com/album/AF1QipM35OLyr78ascudP0B-iDfY9CFmHuPG44pULh2Y
Suwanetha Eye Hospital – Pathaviya Patients – 12/10/19: https://photos.google.com/album/AF1QipN3JFsCSSHdjHpsz9RDzDE7ZudiRL1BaRuPImz2
Vavuniya DGH – Mullaithivu Patients – 26/10/19: https://photos.google.com/album/AF1QipPfCZziJhNcNuikK00JEGe3_G5y2L9YtVDT0AKU