Eye care for the poor
In most third world countries, most eye care facilities are based in major towns and cities, despite the fact that most of the population live in rural areas. In rural areas, there is a lack of health services and they very rarely have the capacity, skills or equipment to diagnose or treat eye health issues. Consequently, people living in rural areas must travel long distances to access eye care services. Most people are unable to travel to get help – many simply can’t afford the expense. Traditional women are particularly disadvantaged as they are not expected to travel alone.