Visit planned to Africa in 2022!
Patients like Straton, who received a corneal transplant thanks to Cornea Help and has since been able to see something again for the very first time in twelve years, including his wife and children, are the reason why Cornea Help and DGFG want to change this situation – by joining forces. A joint visit to Africa is planned for 2022, during which important contacts from politics and medicine will meet to establish a long-term self-sustaining donation program, supported by local authorities. In a second step, the establishment of tissue banks and ultimately medical training in the country will also be promoted. Until now, corneas have often been imported from countries such as the USA or Germany. This is not a sustainable solution!
Only if the countries of Africa themselves succeed in carrying out tissue donations independently, can a better and safer patient care with corneal transplants be guaranteed in the long term. “This is exactly the goal of our initiative: help for self-help”, said Martin Börgel, managing director of the DGFG. This initiative has a lot of potential for success and is supported in a non-profit and professional manner: Here, twelve years of experience of Cornea Help e.V. in the support and realization of corneal transplantations in many African countries come together with 15 years of experience in the successful establishment of a tissue donation program and a nationwide network of tissue banks and transplanting institutions by DGFG. For more information on the two organizations, visit Cornea Help and DGFG.