| SURGEONS from two Barcelona-based charities have operated on over 600 people for cataracts in the last few weeks in Cameroon.
The Barraquer and Clarós foundations set up the an Martín de Porres hospital, run by Dominican friars, and have been working on restoring sight and vision to natives from their base in the Cameroonian capital, Yaundé, since 2004 and 2009 respectively.
The 13 doctors hope to get to 667 successfully-operated patients by the time they finish this year's campaign.
In many cases, where the condition is so advanced that nothing can be done under knife, the doctors involved in the two charities supply corrective lenses for damage limitation.
They also provide hearing aids where surgery is unable to cure audio problems.
A total of 21,000 people in Cameroon suffer from cataracts, but neither the State nor its inhabitants has the money to treat the condition and there are very few specialists in the country able to do so.