Orbis International Bangladesh will offer free eye care service to forcibly displaced Myanmar nationals (FDMN) and host communities in Cox’s Bazar.
The international organization signed a partnership agreement with Cox’s Bazar Baitush Sharaf Hospital to this effect at the Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commissioner’s (RRRC) office on Tuesday.The partnership will implement a project QCV (Qatar Creating Vision) Expanding Eye Care in south east Bangladesh, funded by Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD).
Under the project, free eye screening will be conducted on 50,000 people (60% children and 40% adult), medicine and spectacles provided to 8,000 children and adults, surgical treatment offered to 20 children and 850 adults (child surgery and complicated cataract and other surgery) and skill development training will be given to around 250 frontline health workers and ophthalmic personnel in the first year of the project.
Dr Munir Ahmed, Country Director of Orbis International Bangladesh, and MM Sirajul Islam, General Secretary of Cox’s Bazar Baitush Sharaf Hospital, signed the agreement on behalf of their respective sides.
Mohammad Mizanur Rahman, (Deputy Secretary) from Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commissioner’s office, Bob Ranck, President and Chief Executive Officer of Orbis International, Hazrat Mowlana Mohammad Kutub Uddin, President of Cox’s Bazar Baitush Sharaf Hospital, and Mohammed Alauddin, Director of Programs Md Iqbal Hossain, Project Manager, and Parvez Hossain, Project Coordinator of Orbis International Bangladesh were present.
Representatives from UNHCR, RRRC, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Red Crescent, MSF, WHO, IOM, Save the Children and BRAC and officials from Bangladesh government and Cox’s Bazar Baitush Sharaf Hospital were present.
Bob Ranck called the partnership agreement a historic event. While visiting Rohingya camps, he said the people there are suffering from many eye diseases such as glaucoma and cataract.He said eye care situation of FDMN and the host community in Cox’s Bazar is very bad and he urged all concerned to come up to address the situation.
In Bangladesh, Qatar Creating Vision (QCV) project of Orbis International began in 2016. The QCV Expanding Eye Care in South East Bangladesh project will address both emergency eye care needs of Rohingya people and service gaps exist in the host communities of Cox’s Bazar district.
Orbis International Bangladesh will provide basic eye care services to those who are living in the temporary camps of two upazilas (Ukhia and Teknaf) in Cox’s Bazar district and also to the host population in the neighbouring areas in Moheskhali and Chakaria.
Orbis will establish vision centers outside the camp for the host community. A mobile unit will work at the camp areas to conduct primary screening of children and adults.