Trust launches film to mark International Women's Day

On International Women’s Day, the Trust launched Opening Eyes, a film about Musfeka, a young woman who against the odds is opening eyes across Bangladesh to save the sight of thousands. 

Diabetes is set to become a global epidemic. It is the fastest rising 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 the disease, 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 strived 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 Hollow’s Foundation, aims to educate over 200,000 people across Bangladesh about the threat diabetes poses to vision.

The Trust’s Vice-Patron, Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex, made the following statement about Musfeka,

I met Musfeka, the young woman who is the subject of this film, in Bangladesh a few months ago. This International Women's Day I pay tribute to her and other women across the Commonwealth and the world for all they are doing to help bring vision to everyone, everywhere.

You can watch her story, here.