The Yendi Eye Clinic is a modern and well equipped building and consists of two consulting rooms, a screening room and a store. It is a further visible result of Panalpina’s Corporate Social Partnership with the Swiss Red Cross in West Africa. ”The eye is one of the most important organs of the human body”, said Dr. Oscar Debrah, Head of the National Eye Care Program in his opening speech. “Especially the elderly should be urged to have their eyes checked regularly.” According to Dr. Debrah about 230’000 out of Ghana’s population of over 20 million are blind, cataract and glaucoma being the major causes of blindness. Mr. Andrews Frimpong, the Yendi Municipal Director of Health Service pointed out that a major cause for preventable blindness in Ghana was due to trachoma, caused by infection that could be prevented or controlled by simple and cost effective means. Out of ignorance, however, still too many people get affected by the disease but there is hope that with the Yendi Eye Clinic more cases of trachoma will be identified and effective treatment provided.
“Panalpina is proud to be a part of the program”, says Monika Ribar. As a globally acting company Panalpina considers social responsibility as being only natural. To help people is to care for the future and to give something in return thus strengthening a region where Panalpina is active. Every enterprise should bear both economic and social responsibility. Since 2003 Panalpina and the Swiss Red Cross (SRC) have been working together to combat poverty induced blindness in Ghana and Panalpina is concentrating their efforts to dedicatedly back certain special projects, among which is the "Right to Sight" campaign in Ghana. Panalpina has supported the Vision First programme as a long-term and lasting project (read below article in Panalpina’s customer magazine connect) that delivers effective and measurable aid. Thousands of people have already been cured of eye disease and saved from blindness. However, the need is great and the fight goes on.