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In Turkey cataract mostly seen in old patients, which causes blindness if it is untreated, is wide-spread in Africa due to reasons like malnutrition, exposure to strong light for a long time and eye traumas in addition to old age. Cataract affects a significant part of population in especially in countries along the Sahel in Africa. Millions of Africans 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 in Africa even a short surgery as such can be impossible
  • What does IHH do for this matter?

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

    Medical check-up on 710.012 people.

    Medical examination on 342.179 people

    Surgeries on 85.932 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 250 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 85.932 patients regain their eyesight so far.

Latest news about cataract

  • 1,000 cataract operations in Sudan
    IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation began a project to carry out 1000 cataract surgery operations with its partner organisation Tadamun in Sudan's Darfur.
  • One thousand cataract surgeries in Somalia
    IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation, who is running the Africa Cataract Campaign in Somalia has successfully performed 1,000 surgeries.
  • IHH conducts new cataract surgeries in Uganda
    IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation continues to carry out cataract surgeries in Uganda, a project which IHH shows great importance to. Within the scope of the operation, the first 500 people identified were operated.