Africa’s oldest country is located in the Horn of Africa, bordered by Eritrea, Djibouti, Somalia, Sudan and South Sudan and Kenya.
It currently has a population of over 125 million and roughly 5.4% live with some form of visual impairment.
Known for its diverse landscapes, rich cultural heritage and ancient history, Ethiopia holds the record of most World Heritage Sites in a nation.
Blindness is one of the most prevalent problems when it comes to public health in the country.
BLINDNESS IN ETHIOPIA
- A small-scale 2022 survey showed that around 120 in 10,000 are blind
- Over 80% of these cases of blindness are curable
- An estimated 1.8 million Ethiopians suffer needlessly from cataracts
THE TEJ KOHLI & RUIT FOUNDATION IN ETHIOPIA
By implementing microsurgical outreach camps, the Tej Kohli & Ruit Foundation hopes to increase access to cataract surgery and reduce the burden of blindness in the nation, improving overall quality of life for those affected by this condition.
Ethiopia is the fourth country the Tej Kohli & Ruit Foundation has visited since its commencement in March 2021.
Our first visit to the nation is expected to take place on 1st April 2023.
The Tej Kohli & Ruit Foundation hopes to cure 12,000 people of cataract blindness in 2023.