Offshore programs continue as a major part of JFF’s Sight Restoration and Blindness Prevention Project, with three programs in July and August.
In July, the team accompanied the Indonesian Air Force to Banyumas, Central Java, sponsored by the Perth Eye Hospital Foundation, and to Banyuwangi, East Java, in a program sponsored by Reliable Education. August saw the team on a remote island in the Moluccas, Pulau Moa, with the Ambon-based Air Force, jointly sponsored by the Direct Aid Program of the Australian Consulate-General in Makassar and the Perth Eye Hospital Foundation.
We were delighted to welcome Adam Hudson and participants from Reliable Education who visited their sponsored program in Banyuwangi and helped our team with screening, experiencing firsthand the outcomes of their support.
Over these three programs, our teams checked the eyes of 6,940 people with eye problems, distributed 4,752 pairs of glasses, treated 1,507 with eye infections, and restored the sight of 273 people who were blind with cataracts.
We thank the donors for their generous support that enabled us to achieve these outcomes, and the ophthalmologists from PERDAMI Bali, Nusa Tenggara Barat and East Java, and from the Indonesian Air Force, who performed the operations.