Ethiopian ophthalmology benefits from Croma donation

December 19, 2010

In a recent news release, Croma has described its support to Light for the World.

In a recent news release, Croma has described its support to Light for the World.

For over 10 years, the company has donated intraocular lenses (IOLs) and viscoelastic fluids that have also been used in Burkina Faso, DR Kongo, Mozambique, Pakistan and Uganda during 2010. Additionally, a large part of the year's in-kind support has benefitted the Department of Ophthalmology at the University in Jimma, Western Ethiopia.

A shortage of ophthalmologists and eye nurses in Ethiopia means that simple cataract surgery cannot be performed. Jimma university is just one of two institutions that trains ophthalmologists and provides a sustainable health service.

Andreas Prinz, managing director of Croma, commented: "We live up to ethical principles. By supporting Light for the World, we are supporting blind people in developing countries who are less fortunate."