What We Do
Rose Charities NZ is the major overseas organization assisting the well known Rose Charities Sight Center and has contributed greatly to its position as Cambodia’s foremost locally managed and run sight restoration and blindness prevention facility for the poor.
The Rose Charities Cambodia Eye clinic provides free eye treatment for the poor of Cambodia including sight restoration surgery and prevention of blindness procedures, eye tests and glasses.
- The clinic treats approximately 1500 patients per month for eye diseases, eye infections and injuries
- Performs over 100 cataract and other sight restoring surgeries per month
- Provides screening for eye diseases such as glaucoma to 1500/month
- Provides eye care information to approx 4000/month
- Provides eye tests and glasses for approx 1000 people per month
What is Unique about this Clinic
The clinic is the largest free eye clinic in Cambodia and open to everyone. It is run by a skilled Cambodian team led by Dr. Hang Vra and is supported by visiting experts from New Zealand, Canada and Nepal. This enables the clinic to maintain high levels of expertise and service on a small budget. The total cost of the clinic is approx $3000/month US.
Why is the clinic needed
For many Cambodians, healthcare is largely unavailable. When a person is blind in Cambodia, the whole family suffers. A blind man cannot work, his wife has to limit her work to stay home and look after him. A child is taken from school to act as his guide. The loss of income puts the extended family into poverty. With a simple cataract surgery, the family is restored. With more funding, Rose Eye Clinic could easily double the number of surgeries a year as there is a long waiting list of blind people who could have their sight restored with simple surgery.
How you can help
We appreciate financial support for the clinic. The biggest area of need is for surgical materials. The clinic has three operating tables but the number of surgeries is limited due to the lack of funds to purchase artificial lenses and other surgical materials. A cataract operation costs approx $25 to perform. Donate $25 and Give the Gift of Sight to a Cambodian in Need.
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