Lead SA: Wits students take an initiative to help the elderly remove Cataract

The Health Science students at Wits Medical School formed the Wits Rural Health Club (WRHC) which is aimed at improving rural healthcare in South Africa. The students also run outreach programmes to remote and rural areas of the country.

One of the programs that the club runs is known as the Cataract Outreach. They organise to have elderly patients in rural Mthatha have their cataracts removed with the help of an ophthalmic surgeon.

The Wits Rural Health Club (WRHC) was established in 2009 by one of the medical student from rural Taung in the North West Province.

CapeTalk/702 presenter Redi Tlhabi spoke to Katherine Tambudze, President of the Wits Rural Health Club 2015. Tambudze mentioned that the club is in need of sponsorships and support from anyone with expertise to improve the running of this program.

Success stories:

  • In 2012, 20 patients received successful cataract surgery at Canzibe District Hospital in the OR Tambo district.
  • In 2013, outreach saw the removal of 25 cataracts at the St Barnabas District Hospital in Libode, Eastern Cape.
  • In 2014 the club returned to St Barnabus District Hospital where they removed 25 cataracts.
  • This year, the club has strengthened its relationship with St Barnabas District and hope to return to Libode in September this year to perform another 25 cataract removals.

To get involved email: witsrhc@gmail.com

For more information visit their website

Listen to the full conversation on The Redi Tlhabi Show:

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