MSF has successfully completed a special eye surgery camp, aimed at giving hundreds of Somali’s back their sight. Between April 21 to 29, MSF, working together with Dr. Dalmar (a Somali Consultant Ophthalmologist & Head of Training and Research at ‘Right to Sight’ ), screened around 3,000 people and operated on more than 600 of them essentially giving people back their vision.
|Photo: Frederic Courbet|
Known as Dr. Maslah, MSF’s house surgeon in Galcayo graduated from Banadir University in 2008, among the first group of doctors to graduate in Somalia since the fall of Siyad Barre. Soon after, he went to Medina hospital to gain specialist training in surgery, facilitated by MSF. At Galcayo hospital Dr. Maslah provides the only free surgical care available for hundreds of kilometres. His job sees him working around the clock, performing around 40 surgeries every month, for conditions ranging from violent trauma to day to day medical conditions.