Two ophthalmologists, Dr. Yoav Berger and Dr. Sergiu Socea, of the Department of Ophthalmology at the Rambam Health Care Campus returned from a mission to Yaounde, capital of the Republic of Cameroon in Africa, where they restored vision to dozens of patients, and instructed  local medical teams performing the same procedures. The mission was sponsored by MASHAV, the Center for International Cooperation of Israel’s Foreign Ministry.​

 Restoring vision in Cameroon

 

(Rambam Medical Center)

In the western world, cataract operations are considered routine procedures. In Israel alone, some 40,000 such operations are performed yearly. Just a few hours’ flight from here, however, thousands of people suffer from cataracts and blindness. Two RHCC ophthalmologists, Dr. Yoav Berger, a senior physician, and Dr. Sergiu Socea, chief resident at the Department of Ophthalmology at the Rambam Health Care Campus (RHCC) returned from a mission to Yaounde, capital of the Republic of Cameroon in Africa, where they restored vision to dozens of patients, and instructed  local medical teams performing the same procedures.

The mission was sponsored by MASHAV, the Center for International Cooperation of Israel’s Foreign Ministry. For two weeks, the doctors diagnosed and operated on patients with different eye ailments in the city’s main medical center, Centre Hospitalier d’Essos. Some of the operations were performed using a phacoemulsifiaction machine, a device for cataract procedures that was brought specially from Israel for the mission. The Israeli doctors also supervised local teams in treating glaucoma patients by laser.