Combating preventable blindness worldwide
Professor Wilhelm is responsible for one of a total of 12 tissue banks in the DGFG network in Schwerin, which, with hundreds of donation clinics and transplantation programs, is Germany’s largest and only tissue facility of its kind. Patients can usually be provided with a corneal transplant within a few weeks – in 2021 there were 4,145 distributed corneal transplants . In Cameroon, on the other hand, people simply have to surrender to the “fate of blindness”. Currently, an estimated 4.2 million people worldwide lose their vision due to corneal opacity .
“We want to contribute to a fairer access to ophthalmic care and see the fight against avoidable blindness detached from national borders” emphasizes DGFG Managing Director Martin Börgel.
 Vorl. Jahreszahlen 2021, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Gewebetransplantation (2022)
 World report on vision, WHO (2021)