1996 Laureate, Science & Health
United States, Born 1935
After 15 years performing thousands of cataract and other eye operations in Africa, ophthalmologist Dr Royce Hall set out to build an eye hospital in the mountains of Tanzania. The dedicated physician — driven by a desire to give the gift of sight to the underprivileged — plans to bring state-of-the-art, but low-cost, surgery procedures to the African "bush", while teaching the local Maasai to work as skilled paramedics. The hospital is expected to handle 3,000 cataract operations a year when completed.
people in Tanzania and Kenya who are blind, mainly due to poor diet and inadequate medical care
blind people Royce's hospital will be able to operate on per year
fee, in cents, per consultation at Royce's hospital
eye operations Royce performed per day during expeditions to East and West Africa