Equipment manufacturer Keeler has supported the charitable work of the Just Help Foundation through the donation of much-needed ophthalmic equipment to aid eye care in Bangladesh.
The ophthalmoscope and retinoscope sets will assist the foundation in kitting out an eye hospital which is currently under construction in the Sylhet district of Bangladesh.
Based in Gowainghat, the eye hospital is due to be completed by the end of the year and will provide free eye examinations and treatment, including cataract operations, to people living in extreme poverty in the area.
The majority of the local population in Gowainghat earns an average of £1.50–£3 a day. Currently people have to travel to the city of Sylhet in order to access basic eye care, which can be expensive as it involves travel costs, accommodation and doctors’ fees.
Commenting on Keeler’s donation, founder and chair of the Just Help Foundation, Mizanur Rahman, said: “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.”
Managing director of Keeler, 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.”
The Just Help Foundation was founded by a group of British people of Bangladeshi origin and was established as a non-profit charity to help individuals and families living in some of the poorest communities.