The Charity Film Awards (en)
  • Sally Phillips

Opening Eyes

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Opening Eyes tells the story of Musfeka, a young woman who against the odds is opening eyes across Bangladesh to save the sight of thousands.

Diabetes is becoming a global epidemic and is the fastest growing cause of blindness worldwide. Most people don't know they have the disease; that they are at risk of going blind as a result.

Bangladesh has one of the highest numbers of people with diabetes in the world, and because over half of all people affected don't know they have it, people are needlessly losing their sight. Yet early detection, timely treatment and appropriate follow up can reduce the risk of severe vision loss by 95%.

Following the death of her parents and grandmother, Musfeka strove to pursue her education and training and help people in poorer, rural communities access eye care.

Musfeka, whose work forms part of the Trust's Diabetic Retinopathy Initiative, run in partnership with the Fred Hollows Foundation, aims to educate over 200,000 people across Bangladesh about the threat diabetes poses to vision.

Our vision is a world where no one need lose their sight to avoidable causes.

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