See and Smile

 

SeeandSmile

 

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.

Eye surgery

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 treatments

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).

Timeline

16 June 2015 - Rombo

282 Screenings / 22 Cataract patients

25 June 2015 - Kileo

228 Screenings / 18 Cataract patients

29 June 2015 - Mawenzi Hospital

410 Screenings / 25 Cataract patients / 60 Dental treatments

30 June 2015 - Mawenzi Hospital

361 Screenings / 17 Cataract patients / 95 Dental treatments

01 July 2015 - Mawenzi Hospital

277 Screenings / 19 Cataract patients / 32 Dental treatments

02 July 2015 - Mawenzi Hospital

316 Screenings / 17 Cataract patients / 56 Dental treatments

03 July 2015 - Boma N'gombe

197 Screenings / 28 Special Albino screenings / 15 Cataract patients / 61 Dental treatments

06 July 2015 - Boma N'gombe

176 Screenings / 18 Cataract patients / 102 Dental treatments

07 July 2015 - Siha, Sanya Juu

279 Screenings / 16 Cataract patients / 86 Dental treatments

08 July 2015 - Boma N'gombe

312 Screenings / 19 Cataract patients / 41 Dental treatments

09 July 2015 - Lions Msandaka Deaf Centre

97 Screenings / 0 Cataract patients / 97 Dental treatments

10 July 2015 - Kifaru

175 Screenings / 14 Cataract patients / 72 Dental treatments

 

 

 

Some pictures from the project…

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Our partners in this project

Professor em DR. Wim Blonk
See & Smile VZW



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