Awqaf SA donors, the Pakistan Community of SA, and the Islamic Medical Association of SA have joined hands in co-sponsoring cataract operations among the poor and indigent in Sebokeng, Gauteng. Since its launch by the IMA in 2005, 403 cataract operations were done giving back their vision at no cost to the patient. Dr Shabbir Hussain, senior ophthalmologist of the project said “It costs between R7000-R14000 for a single eye operation. These are done free of charge in our Camps. There is a backlog of 300 patients at Sebokeng and thousands more at the country’s largest eye hospital St Johns. Patients are on a waiting list until 2010. We would like to thank Awqaf SA donors, the IMA and the PC for their support”. Patient Thandiwe who just had her operation done said: “May God bless all. I can see now and I am so very happy”.
Donors may make contribute any amount as Waqf/Sadaqah Jariyah or alternatively contribute towards a cataract operation.