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Al-Basar Foundation, Turkish Red Crescent launch cataract surgery campaign in Sudan

Khartoum Al-Basar International Foundation and Turkish Red Crescent Society (IFRC), in collaboration with Sudanese Red Crescent Society (SRCS), launched a campaign to eliminate cataract blindness in Sudan.

The launching ceremony was held at Makkah Ophthalmology Complex in Khartoum on Wednesday, in the attendance of Turkey's Ambassador to Sudan Irfan Veziroglu; Regional Director of Al-Basar Foundation Dr. Al-Assi Ahmed Kamil Badawi; IFRC Representative Osman Bas; and SRCS Representative Barakat Faris.

Ambassador Veziroglu highlighted the keenness of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to provide support for the Sudanese people in all fields. He revealed Turkish government's reception of 100 Sudanese patients annually to receive free treatment in Turkey. This is in addition to Nyala Sudan-Turkish Training and Research Hospital constructed in the capital of South Darfur State by Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA), to meet the growing healthcare needs in Sudan.

The ambassador commended the success of Al-Basar Foundation in the ophthalmic field. He pointed to the smart partnerships being forged to benefit thousands of Sudanese patients.

For his part, Regional Director of Al-Basar Foundation Badawi expressed pleasure over the launch of cataract surgeries in collaboration with IFRC, saying that the Foundation has struck a number of partnerships with Sudan and other countries. He stated that the Foundation operates in 47 countries, noting that the Foundation's presence in Sudan is the biggest, given its partnerships with the organizations and other institutions in the country.

In turn, IFRC Representative Osman Bas announced the commence of performing 10 cataract surgeries, in the initial stage of cooperation between the two sides.

Source: International Islamic News Agency