5 BUCKS FOR CATARACT

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My name is Olatomiwa Bifarin, I am from Nigeria, and ‘am currently a PhD student at the University of Georgia at the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. I also write the blog bifarinthefifth.com

We will be running a campaign to raise fund for people with impaired vision for Cataract surgery in West Africa, Nigeria.

Recently, I stumbled on a piece of information that left me in a state of consternation; Cataract surgery could cost as low as $100 in Nigeria.

On the contrast, it came as no surprise to me that folks decide to stay blind (or visually impaired) as a result of cataract in the light of data like this below:

“Almost 100 million people are living on less than a $1 a day in Nigeria” (BBC, 2012)

The 5bucksforcataract project spurned as a result of these realizations. The goal is to raise funds for 100 patients ($10,000); with 2000 people donating just $5, we will easily hit our target.

All patients will be treated by the Department of Ophthalmology, Obafemi Awolowo Univeristy Teaching Hospitals Complex (OAUTHC), Ile-Ife, Nigeria – A public hospital in the town I grew up.

Friends, I will end with this utilitarian statement by Peter Singer “if we can prevent something bad without sacrificing anything of comparable significance, we ought to do it

References
Cataract visual impairment/blindeness data are from the WHO Priority eye diseases and Visual impairment and blindness pages.
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On behalf of all the indigent patients that benefited from 5bucksforcataract campaign, I want to say THANK YOU!
On August 12, 2016, 5bucksforcataract campaign was launched to help indigent folks with cataract surgery in Ile-Ife environ, Nigeria.
The campaign has succeeded in providing sight-restoring cataract surgeries to 40 indigent patients at an average cost of $65!
I am amazed at how easy it could be to do good.
And again, if we can prevent something bad without sacrificing anything else of comparable significance we ought to do it.
Thank you for your donation, and let us continue to do good well.
God Bless.

A full financial report of the campaign is on my website at

http://bifarinthefifth.com/5bucksforcataract/

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A short documentary about the campaign
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3 shots from another round of free cataract surgery. December 2016 | Ile-Ife, Nigeria
Some of the Beneficiaries, December 2016
Surgery, Ongoing.
Our Filmakers, in the Operating Room
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I am glad to announce that the first thousand dollars that was raised has been used to carry out the cataract surgeries on 14 patients at the Department of Ophthalmology, Obafemi Awolowo Univeristy Teaching Hospital Complex in Nigeria on the 20th of October, 2016. We are now down to 86 patients! Many Thanks to our donors, God Bless.
Testimonial - Mr Akintunde Awe
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$1,920 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 27 people in 18 months
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11 months ago
$10
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11 months ago
$20
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12 months ago
$100
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13 months ago
$8
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13 months ago
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Rodrigo Lazo Portugal
13 months ago

It's a very little amount, hope it helps

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