A Turkish doctor has been carrying out eye surgeries to thousands of patients in Africa for more than a decade.
Dr. Inayet Andi has been practicing optometry for 17 years, while his journey in Africa with governmental and non-governmental organizations began in 2007.
Andi visited Africa more than 20 times, training health care workers, operating over 2,000 patients and performing thousands of examinations in Sudan, Kenya, Chad, Mauritania, Senegal, Niger and Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon.
Andi told Anadolu Agency that his first trip to Africa was to Sudanese capital Khartoum through Istanbul-based Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH), where he conducted cataract surgeries for 15 days.
He said during his time in Khartoum, he trained two local doctors to perform Phacoemulsification, a modern type of cataract surgery.
“When I went back to Khartoum two years later, I learned that Dr. Mohammad Ehab, whom I taught the Phaco technique, had performed 5-6,000 cataract surgeries and taught it [Phaco] to seven or eight people in the last two years,” Andi said.
"It has been a source of motivation to me. You train someone and that person performs surgery to 5-6,000 people in a year in one country and trains others," he added.
Andi went on to say that the number of optometrists were very few in Africa, including Niger, which has a population of 20 million with only 16 optometrists.
He said he also trained nine doctors to perform Phacoemulsification in Kenya, Mauritania, Senegal, and lastly, Niger.
"These doctors, who learned Phaco helped thousands of patients to be able to see again. They have also become agents to spread the light by teaching the doctors what they have learned,” Andi added.
Reporting by Alaattin Dogru; Writing by Munira Abdelmenan Awel