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To the attention of those who would like to donate from abroad!


In Turkey cataract mostly seen in old patients, which causes blindness if it is untreated, is wide-spread due to reasons like malnutrition, exposure to strong light for a long time and eye traumas in addition to old age. Millions of people lose their eyesight and live their life depending on others when they are unable to get surgery due to lack of medical and financial resources

  • How Cataract Patients See the World?
  • Is it possible to cure it?
    The cure is the surgery only and it only takes 15 minutes. However considering the poverty and lack of adequate resources ieven a short surgery as such can be impossible
  • What does IHH do for this matter?

    We have been facilitating surgeries since 2007. So far we have done;

    Medical check-up on 752.192 people.

    Medical examination on 365.469 people

    Surgeries on 122.623 patients who regained their eyesight

    Since 2007 IHH has facilitated periodic cataract surgeries in 13 African countries in total which are as follows: Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Ghana, Chad, Uganda, Tanzania, Sierra Leone, Niger, Sudan, Ethiopia, Mozambique, and Somalia. In 2014 we have established an eye hospital in Niger where surgeries are carried out regularly.

  • How can I contribute?
    You can fund the surgery of an African cataract patient to regain his eyesight by donating 500 liras only. You should see the patients leaving the hospital with smiling eyes that are able to see and pray for the donors. Because if you see them they will also see.


    I want to open the eyes of a cataract patients


Niger Eye Hospital

In Niger, where deserts make up 60% of the land, due to inadequate healthcare service there is a significant number of cataract patients: 130.000. Here the predominant cause of cataract is grain of sand getting into the eye, which is one of the causes of cataract. IHH helped the establishment of an eye hospital in Niger’s capital Niamey in 2014. The hospital, which brings hope and light to thousands of patients who are unable to get surgery due to lack of financial and technical resources, aims at doing surgery on 6.000 patients in 5 years. Moreover specialized doctors flying in from Turkey provides medical training for the local doctors to become qualified to do the surgeries.



When I was going to “volunteer nurse” came before my name in my name tag. I quite liked that my name came after these two words identifying me. The word volunteer reminded me about my heart that volunteered to do this. It reminded me about my self, my free will. I have decided with my free will to travel thousands miles away to bring light, to bring hope to the black men’s black world. That was the reason why the word volunteer preceded my name. I was referred to as volunteer along with my name even before I set foot there and put my earnest efforts in this project. It was such an awesome feeling. My volunteering brought me happiness even before I have done it…

- Nilay Yıldırım / Sudan

IHH helped 122.623 patients regain their eyesight so far.

Latest news about cataract

  • 120 thousand patients regained their sight
    The IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation, with the support of charitable people, started its cataract surgery project in 2007 and as of today, approximately 120 thousand patients have regained their sight.
  • 11,000 cataract surgeries in 2018
    In 2018, IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation realized 11,238 cataract surgeries with the support of benefactors and contribute people to see again.
  • We reached our goal of 100,000 cataract surgeries
    As of 2017, the project launched by IHH Humanitarian Aid Foundation in Africa 10 years ago called “100 Thousand Cataract Surgeries in Africa” has been completed. The project is to become globalized with the launch to be held in Istanbul on November 25.