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SAMJ: South African Medical Journal

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PONS, J et al. The potential impact of a cataract surgery programme on the care of orphans and vulnerable children in Swaziland. SAMJ, S. Afr. med. j. [online]. 2012, vol.102, n.3, pp. 140-141. ISSN 0256-9574.

We aimed to evaluate the potential impact of a cataract surgery weeks after surgery, there was a sizable increase in the proportions programme at the Good Shepherd Hospital, Siteki, Swaziland, of subjects who were able to undertake self-care activities, attend on the care of orphans and vulnerable children in Swaziland. We to activities of daily living, undertake income-generating activities studied consecutive patients aged 50 years and older undergoing and care for children. Cataract surgery on elderly visually impaired surgery for age-related cataract who reported having children living patients has the potential to impact positively on the care of in their household. Of 131 subjects recruited, 65 (49.6%) were the orphans and vulnerable children. primary caregivers for the child(ren) in their household. Visual acuities measured 2 weeks after surgery significantly improved. Four weeks after surgery, there was a sizable increase in the proportions of subjects who were able to undertake self-care activities, attend to activities of daily living, undertake income-generating activities and care for children. Cataract surgery on elderly visually impaired patients has the potential to impact positively on the care of orphans and vulnerable children.

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