Medicines | May 24, 2019

Eyes Wide Open in Burundi


It’s every parent’s nightmare. Your child is sick and you’re powerless to help them.

This was the case for the parents of seven-year-old, Keza from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Keza unfortunately developed premature cataracts which unknowingly robbed her of her eyesight. What started as infrequent headaches and sensitivity to light progressed to cloudy vision and near complete blindness. She was unable to attend school because of her inability to see the chalkboard or read books clearly. Not knowing what would happen to their precious child, Keza's parents were experiencing their worst fears – who would help them?

When you think about it, eye problems in the US rarely get this serious. We parents whisk our children to local pediatricians and specialists within days of serious symptoms. And, there is a ready supply of medicines and health supplies to help us heal.  

The DRC was once renowned in Africa for its network of clinics, quality of physicians, and primary health care system. In the past three decades, however, the political and economic collapse of the country have had a dramatic impact on this network. Hospitals and clinics lack personnel and equipment and often run out of critical medicine and supplies. An estimated 70 percent of Congolese have little or no access to health care.*

These are the conditions facing Keza. Poor, and with limited resources, Keza’s mother was desperate for help. She would do anything for her child. With no medical options in East Congo, they traveled hundreds of miles to Kibuye Hope Hospital in Burundi. She had heard of doctors who might be able to help Keza.

When Keza and her parents arrived, they met Dr. John Cropsey, a medical missionary from Michigan who brought with him medical supplies from MAP International:

“The clinic staff quickly diagnosed her problem as cataracts. That same week she underwent bilateral cataract surgery. The following day she was ecstatic! She could see again! Her mother was so happy,” said Dr. Cropsey,

“Keza is one of the thousands we help each year at Kibuye in the eye clinic. With the help of MAP, we can provide high-quality services to tens of thousands of patients each year…”

KezaPhoto (2)Fortunately for Keza, medicines and health supplies from MAP saved not only her vision but her life.  

Without the medicines provided by MAP, Keza might not be able to see today. It is with God’s grace, the talent of countless medical missionaries, and your generous support of MAP that allows Keza to see today. She's been spared a life of blindness.

Will you help us provide more medicines and health supplies for people in need like Keza?

And, did you know your donation will go twice as far during our match campaign? A generous MAP board member has pledged to match all donations up to $100,000 before May 31.

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Help us continue to provide health and hope for children like Keza with twice the impact.

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 *US AID Global Health Report, April 11, 2019: Democratic Republic of Congo

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