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- Vitreo-retinal surgery
- retinal detachment
- developing countries
- international cooperation
- VISION 2020
From an estimated total of 37 million blinds worldwide, a vastly over-proportional share of seven million is living in Africa.1 2 Most causes of blindness in developing countries are relatively easy to cure, provided minimally adequate medical resources are available, resulting in an evident demand for ophthalmologic measures particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa.1 Therefore, the WHO has initiated a program in 1995 to reduce the number to 25 million instead of the predicted 75 million blinds in 2020.3 4
In the wake of the 1998 al-Qaida bomb assault on the US embassy in Nairobi, Kenya, the Ludwig-Maximilians-University (LMU) Munich provided devices and materials …
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