DHL Express and IAG Cargo are teaming up to help prevent unnecessary blindness in Turkana, Kenya.
The two companies are transporting almost 4,200 pounds of surgical eye material to Lodwar Hospital in Turkana. The goods transported include medication, eye drops, intraocular lenses, sutures, eyeglasses, sunglasses and custom packs for cataract surgery.
The delivery also includes spare parts for a microscope that can now be repaired and used again.
These materials are essential for doctors at the Eye Unit in Lodwar Hospital, who will now have the necessary tools for operations to treat diseases such as cataracts and trachoma.
“For the fourth consecutive year, DHL Express and IAG Cargo have collaborated to ensure the safe and reliable transportation of sensitive materials that require special transfer condition,” Dr. Ciancas, ophthalmology team member of the unit, said. “Thanks to this cooperation, in 2012 doctors on site in Turkana were able to provide medical care to over 7,300 people and carry out 630 operations on these patients.”
The goal of the project is to achieve sustainable eye care based on collaboration with local health authorities and the training of local personnel, along with the prevention of blinding diseases in children and adults that have already been eradicated in Western countries.
These actions were possible because of the support of the Missionary Community of Saint Paul the Apostle in Turkana and the Foundation Emalaikat, which manages the funding for these projects from its base in Spain.