Remote African Eye Surgery

Client

Sightsavers, Uniting to Combat NTDs

Distribution

Company Website + Social Media

Type

Awareness & Advocacy

Location

Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda

SHOOTING PRODUCER DIRECTOR

Steve Maud

EDITOR

Steve Maud

ASSISTANT EDITOR

Manuela Jaramillo

PRODUCTION MANAGER

Rachael Mclean-Anderson

With this film played at the United To Combat Neglected Tropical Diseases (UTCNTD) UN conference in 2015, we were proud to assist in providing this compelling story with a wider audience.

Charles and his remote eye surgery team (supported by Sightsavers and UTCNTDs) is on hand to find people with trachoma and transport them to the mobile eye surgery where they can be treated. A simple operation can be hugely effective, often restoring full sight. Equally importantly, health education work is being carried out in these regions to help prevention of trachoma, which is transmitted by flies, for future generations.

To film the story, we took a five-hour road trip from Nairobi to Kajiado County to work in dry and sometimes difficult shooting conditions. But it was truly inspiring to see the impact that this programme is having on individuals and families – people come in blind, and they leave with their vision restored. Thanks to the work of UTCNTDs, Sightsavers and The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust, who support local healthcare teams, we think this is a truly awesome programme.

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