|Visually impaired singer Hà Văn Đông performs at a launch ceremony for the project Khát Vọng Sáng which calls on people to donate their corneas after death. —VNS Photo Gia Lộc|
HCM CITY — The Việt Nam Council of the Red Cross in collaboration with Y tế và Sức Khỏe (Health and Medical) channel ytvn.vn on Friday launched a project that calls on the public to donate their corneas after death.
The project Khát Vọng Sáng will also provide medical guidance to people with eye diseases.
Under the sponsorship of the C.P. Việt Nam Charity Fund, it will help people with visual impairment, and will seek individual and organisational sponsors.
It is estimated that more than 200,000 people who have vision problems directly related to the cornea need surgery. Since 2007, more than 35,000 people have registered to donate their cornea after death.
Of these, 494 have been donated. However, more than 1,000 people are on the national waiting list.
About 300 people are added each year to the waiting list, according to the Central Eye Hospital.
Việt Nam has nearly three million people with visual impairments. One third of them are poor. — VNS