A consultant eye surgeon at Optegra Yorkshire Eye Hospital – based in Bradford – is making his final preparations for a trip to Sudan in North Africa.
This fact-finding trip is part of Mr Mahomed’s plan to support refugees in Sudan, particularly in helping their vision. He is travelling on 16 March 2015 to investigate their medical facilities, and work out ways to assist local people – many of whom have cataracts which are so severe they have been blinded.
Mr Mahomed, who was born in South Africa, feels that he can help these people and cannot imagine how 200,000 refugees can live in such a community with such limited resources and particularly medical facilities. He is keen to see what he can do to help on an ongoing basis.
He has previously worked in rural areas of Africa running sight-saving tours, where an ophthalmic theatre is set up and has found this incredibly rewarding.
He is fundraising ahead of his trip and has a Just Giving page to take food out to those he meets, as he is aware that lack of food is one of the main problems. However, his main intention is to review how he can, with Optegra’s support, get his ophthalmic equipment out there and make a real difference to peoples’ lives.
He is travelling with charity Mercy Mission UK. To make a donation go to justgiving.com/offtosudan