US NGO partners with local doctors for rural eye care project in North Carolina

ByMartha R. Camara

Oct 12, 2022

Organizers of a rural eye project visited communities in the Northern Cape where they tested the eyesight of people on farms, armed with 240 glasses.

A patient undergoes an eye exam at the Cape Care Container facility. Photo: Cindy Archillies/EWN.

CAPE TOWN — Organizers of a rural eye care project have highlighted the life-changing benefits of working together to give under-resourced communities access to much-needed health services.

US-based NGO Global First Responder recently partnered with local doctors to make eye care services available to residents of the Northern Cape.

Armed with 240 glasses – which were distributed where needed, the team traveled to the province where they tested the eyesight of people on farms and local communities.

Dr Errol Visser says they have also collaborated with Karsten Boerdery who has helped the initiative reach communities such as Onseepkaans.

“…which is right on the border with Namibia and it’s three separate little settlements where we just did general multidisciplinary screening and treatment of patients and eye tests…we managed to get pairs of glasses we had for optometrists doing eye tests that they also wouldn’t have had access to in the past.”

Visser says they plan to expand the project to more locations in the Northern Cape next year.

“To actually have more involvement in the local communities rather than just the farms, but obviously we depend on the farms for funding.”

Other farm health workers visited include Klein Pella, Raap en Skraap and Kromhout.