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Noor Dubai Foundation carry out eye tests in Ethiopia.

The Noor Dubai Foundation has checked the sight of thousands of people in Ethiopia.

The screening was part of the UAE charity's third mobile Eye Camp of the year in Worabe. The camp, located in the main city of the Silt'e region, was held from the April 26 until May 3 and is supported by the Dubai Islamic Foundation and conducted in collaboration with the Al Basar Foundation.

The screening programme for patients began on April 26 when more than 5,000 patients were examined and 200 were admitted to the camp for sight saving surgery. Surgery started the next day and by noon, the figure had increased to more than 250.

Among the procedures performed were cataract extraction and intraocular lens implantation.

Qadhi Saeed Al Murooshid, Chairman of The Noor Dubai Foundation, said: "The success of the camp was achieved through the efforts of the Noor Dubai team, who shall continue their momentum to reach countries of need in the world to conduct blindness prevention programmes."

Ethiopia, which has a population of more than 82 million, is the second-most populous nation in Africa. Overall, there are 1.2 million blind people, 2.8 million people with low vision and nine million children aged between one and nine with active trachoma, an infectious disease that leads to blindness.

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Date:May 2, 2012
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