During 2016, 883 people from remote villages in Egypt were had their eyes examined at outreach clinics. At the Harpur Memorial Hospital, 418 cataract operations were performed. These are offered at a third of the real cost, making surgery accessible for local communities. In the year, 225 people had cataract operations following examinations at the outreach clinics.
From January to end of December 2016, there were 23 Outreaches. These Outreaches all included ophthalmology services.
The total number of patients receiving cataract surgery at the hospital during 2016 was 418 (589 in 2015). Of these, 370 had phako surgery. Thanks to the partnership of the Ridley Eye Foundation, Harpur Memorial Hospital in Menouf is able to offer the surgery at a subsidised cost, so even the poorest can afford treatment.
In 2010, the Diocese of Singapore and its Cathedral, St Andrew's, donated a medical bus to the Diocese of Egypt. The bus has enabled us to reach out to rural areas of Egypt and provide medical treatment where there is no primary health care service. Most of the patients examined would not otherwise have the opportunity to access medical treatment.
The Ridley Eye Foundation supports the Harpur Memorial Hospital in Menouf, subsidising both cataract operations and the opthalmic outreach clincs.