The John Fawcett Foundation
offers free assistance to needy people in Indonesia without religious, political or ethnic consideration. Sight restoration and blindness prevention – cataract operations, glasses distribution, eye treatment; children’s corrective surgery, including cleft lip and palate surgery; assistance to desperately ill children, education assistance are the current projects of the organisation.
To relieve sickness, suffering and distress in families of the lower socio-economic group occasioned through blindness, eye disease, cleft lip and palate, and serious crippling and debilitating diseases, particularly in children.
The John Fawcett Foundation’s field eye screening teams regularly conduct mass village eye screenings in Bali and other provinces.
At these sessions, 700+ people can be screened for eye problems in a day. Those with minor eye infections are treated, visual acuity is tested and remedial glasses issued (usually 70%-80% of those tested). Patients who are blind with cataracts are referred to one of the mobile clinics for surgery.
The team also goes into primary schools in a bid to catch eye problems early and to prevent them becoming something that is both costly and tragic. In one day, up to 400 students can be checked by the team which issues spectacles to those students who require them, free of charge.
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