[03.19.08] Of the 20 million people living in Ghana an estimated 40 percent are blind or vision-impaired, according to Mission Network News (MNN).
Every year tens of thousands of Ghanaians are suffering vision loss or blindness due to preventable ailments, such as cataracts. International Aid (IA), a Christian relief ministry that provides health care, hopes to help reverse these appalling statisctics.
IA has built and staffed an eye clinic to serve patients trying to survive on little or no money in this Third World country, MNN reported.
They provide screenings, surgery and other treatments, and travel to remote villages to render care. The ministry told MNN they not only want to help Ghanans see clearer physically but spritually as well.
“There's a lot of Christians who are working at our clinic, so there's that personal ministry,” said Faye Kragt, a manager with IA. “Many of our volunteers are Christians. When they go to surgery, our doctors there pray with the staff and the patients, and there's many ways to be able to do that. We try to make sure that it's not just in word, but it's in deed.”