Hope for the blind
The total backlog of people who can benefit from cataract surgery in the Limpopo province is estimated at 50 000. It is estimated that more than 10 000 people are blind in both eyes.
There are approximately 40 000 people with glaucoma in Limpopo. Intervention is required to prevent blindness in the estimated 36 000 individuals who still have vision.
Without treatment, 1200 to 2000 people with diabetic retinopathy will go blind in the province every year.
Our eye-care service model is unique within the South African context. This cross-subsidisation model enables us to serve patients with blinding cataracts across the entire socio-economic spectrum.
Patients from higher income groups or with medical aids will receive high quality care at standard rates. Our cost-effective management model and not-for-profit ethos then enables the subsidisation of patients from lower income groups.
A minimum of 60% of all Hope for the Blind cataract patients will come from lower income groups. These patients will receive high-quality care made possible by cross-subsidisation and donations.
Over the first five years of operation the eye unit will gradually decrease its dependence on donor funding until it is completely self-sustaining. At the same time the service offering will be extended to include other blindness preventing treatments such as treatment for glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy.