2015 marks the start of a partnership with See and Smile, a private humanitarian group of plastic surgeons and eye specialists, who regularly travel with their teams to Third World countries to help and assist the poorest of the poor who have no access to the elementary medical care required. A group of 25 volunteer doctors visited Northern Tanzania between 29 June 2015 and 10 July 2015 completing a total of 3125 screenings and diagnosis’ out of which 200 cataracts were found (146 treated / 54 No-shows for surgery) and 602 dental treatments.
The major activity of the eye specialists is to operate on patients who are almost blind due to a severe cataract condition. On a worldwide basis this illness is one of the most common causes of blindness. A micro-surgical operation consisting of lens replacement can give patients back their sight. Other eye infections and/or illnesses are diagnosed and treated while the team is visiting. All the necessary medicines are provided, and medical know how is shared with local doctors. More than 145 cataract patients were operated on during the See & Smile team’s visit to Tanzania (2015).
Dental problems can occur at any time for a multitude of reasons and if left, children and adults both are left without use of the teeth, or with extreme discomfort. Dental conditions are high in Third World countries where access to dental products and education for basic dental hygiene is low. More than 602 dental treatments were performed during the See & Smile teams visit to Tanzania (2015).
16 June 2015 - Rombo
25 June 2015 - Kileo
29 June 2015 - Mawenzi Hospital
30 June 2015 - Mawenzi Hospital
01 July 2015 - Mawenzi Hospital
02 July 2015 - Mawenzi Hospital
03 July 2015 - Boma N'gombe
06 July 2015 - Boma N'gombe
07 July 2015 - Siha, Sanya Juu
08 July 2015 - Boma N'gombe
09 July 2015 - Lions Msandaka Deaf Centre
10 July 2015 - Kifaru