Across our programme 20,891 operations were performed to restore or repair sight, hearing, mobility, fistula, hydrocephalus and cleft lip.
- 5,523 people received life changing surgery on the Jibon Tari floating hospital in Bangladesh.
- 9,766 people received operations on the Lifeline Express hospital train in India.
- 177 women have undergone operations to repair obstetric fistula (a condition caused by long and obstructed childbirth) in Tanzania.
- 631 men, women and children have had hearing restored in Zanzibar at IMPACT’s ENT Unit.
- 1,704 people in Nepal have had operations to reverse disabling conditions at treatment ‘camps’ organised across the country.
‘‘In low- and middle-income countries, 9 out of 10 people cannot access even the most basic surgical services. Through universal access to safe, timely and affordable surgery, we could save many lives, prevent disability and also promote economic growth as a result.’ (WHO)’ – World Health Organisation.
Surgery is sometimes the only way to treat a disabling condition but most people in the countries where IMPACT works have no hope of accessing it.
Desperate men and women take on crippling debt or sell off family assets such as land to fund private treatment, which may not even work. IMPACT believes surgery that can reverse a disabling condition should be available to all, regardless of ability to pay. We run busy operating theatres at our hospitals and clinics in many countries and our innovative mobile hospitals on a train in India and a boat in Bangladesh are always thronging with people in need of operations at every location they visit.
Reversing needlessly disabling conditions gives people a hand-up and removes the barriers they face to supporting themselves independently so this action makes a positive impact on reducing poverty and fostering personal dignity too.
The Individual IMPACT
IMPACT India’s Lifeline Express hospital train takes medical treatment, surgery and hope to remote parts of India. Reaching people like Mrs. Bai (70), who became trapped in poverty once her vision failed. Thanks to cataract surgery on board the Lifeline Express she can see again and no longer feels a burden to her family. Mrs. Bai is just one of the more than 600,000 men, women and children who have recieved treatment or surgery since the hospital train began its journey. Read more about how we take the hospital to the people.
We have also supported our partners in Bangladesh and Tanzania to provide neurosurgery for children with hydrocephalus. In Bangladesh, one in five children with the condition will die before their seventh birthday and more than 50% of them will have some degree of brain damage.
Timely surgery can reduce the risks associated with hydrocephalus and greatly improve an affected child’s quality of life however it is not widely available in the developing world and prohibitively expensive for most families. Our operations are provided free of charge.
Many surgical interventions require a good deal of aftercare to ensure the person benefiting gets the best possible results so we support assistive device centres making callipers and mobility aids in Bangladesh and Nepal and the distribution of high-quality modern hearing aids in Cambodia, India, Nepal and Zanzibar.
£40 is the average cost to IMPACT of restoring sight, movement or hearing to another person in our overseas programme.