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Mercy Ships Surgeon Addresses Blindness Through Sutureless Technique
Date:10/4/2009

can serve approximately 40 patients per day.

Cape Town ophthalmologist Dr. Gcobane Tuswa has recently returned to Sabona Eye Hospital in Queenstown to implement the new techniques learned from Dr. Strauss onboard the Africa Mercy. He states, "The knowledge he [Dr. Strauss has to share is invaluable and will increase capacity to address blindness."   

Mercy Ships will also continue to run remote eye clinics throughout the year in Benin. Volunteer professionals will see more than 200 patients a day, thus expanding their service throughout local communities.

Watch a recent Mercy Ships "Celebration of Sight," held for patients who have completed their final checkups in Cotonou, Benin: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V0ggCZZjEXg
Celine's story can be seen at this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FFNfBG2m-xw

For More Information Contact:

US:
Kathy Gohmert, US Media Liaison
kathy.gohmert (at) mercyships (dot) org
Tel: 1 903.939.7019

International:
Diane Rickard, Director International Public Relations
Mercy Ships
rickardd (at) mercyships (dot) org
UK Tel: 44 1438 727 800

About World Sight Day:
World Sight Day is an annual day of awareness to focus global attention on blindness, visual impairment and rehabilitation of the visually impaired. It is held on the second Thursday in October. This year, the focus is on eye health and equal access to care. Globally, visual impairment is most prevalent in men and women 50 years of age and older. While the majority of eye conditions, such as cataract, for this age group can be easily treated, in some parts of the world there is still the need to ensure that women and men receive
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