Keeler Donates Ophthalmic Equipment to Bangladesh Eye Hospital
To assist with the kitting out of the Just Help Eye Hospital currently under construction in the Sylhet District of Bangladesh, Keeler Limited has donated two ophthalmoscope and retinoscope sets.
The equipment was donated to the UK-based Just Help Foundation. Founded by British people of Bangladeshi origin, it is an independent, non-profit charity dedicated to helping individuals and families in the poorest communities to get out of poverty.
The hospital, under construction in Gowainghat in the Sylhet Region, is scheduled for completion by the end of 2016 and will provide people living in extreme poverty the opportunity to get free eye examinations and treatment, including cataract operations.
The majority of the local population works in manual labour and earns an average of £1.50-£3 a day. For basic eye care people currently have to travel to the city (Sylhet) which is extremely costly as it involves travel costs, accommodation and, most importantly, doctors’ fees, which can be up to three day’s wages; that is before the costs of any medications, lenses or additional tests. The new hospital will therefor provide an urgently-needed local healthcare service.
“On behalf of the Just Help Foundation, I would like to thank Keeler for donating this equipment,” says Mizanur Rahman, Founder and Chair of the Just help Foundation. “These types of ophthalmoscopes and retinoscopes are not readily available in Bangladesh and will be put to good use helping poor people with sight problems.”
Keeler’s Managing Director, Abbas Sotoudeh, added, “To be able to contribute to this sort of project, which will help so many poor people who would not otherwise get their eyesight checked, is a genuine privilege.”