news - april 2014
Another busy month goes by with a good number of patients seeking treatment in spite of their domestic workload of planting in preparing for the arrival of the seasonal rains.
dr helen receives an award
The South Coast Residents Association ( SCRA) held their annual general meeting this month and awarded prizes to three members they considered to have given outstanding service to the community. One of the prizes went to Dr Helen. In the next photograph we see Dr Helen thanking Luciana Parazzi the Chairperson of SCRA after she received the plaque from Gertrude Mwebesa, one of the Committee Members.
Dr Helen said she was very grateful for award which was a complete surprise. Time had flown past since the setting up of the eye centre over 20 years ago. She looks forward to serving the community, with the aid of her team, in the years to come.
a day in the life of a community worker (cbw)
Report written by CBW Saidi Mrabu.
I have been working at KDEC for 12 years now as a community based worker. The villagers in my area call me ‘the one who knows about eyes' and I am proud of this.
I remember particularly Menza Chajembe, an old man whose job for as long as anyone can remember, was to take care of the cows and goats while they were grazing. He obviously loved his animals and would croon softly to them when he thought no one was listening. But as he aged he gradually lost his sight, until one day he staggered home late with three goats missing. He had become lost and could no longer tell how many cows he was herding.
Like many of his fellow villagers, his family had a long standing custom of seeking help from the local traditional healer and spent a lot of time and money in trying to get help using witchcraft. Of course it didn't work. It took many months of me talking to the son in law to persuade the old man to abandon the old methods and seek treatment at the Eye Centre. Eventually Mzee Menga agreed and had cataract surgery with us and now he is back in the village crooning happily to his cattle!
The community now realise the services we can offer them and they are happy and have confidence in us because of the successful results they have seen unfold before them.
two happy patients
Two happy patients whose treatment was partly funded by donations - who knows it may have been yours.
Meet Asha, Eye Centre CBW Robert had a difficult time persuading her to come to the clinic for cataract surgery. Afterwards she was so happy she promised to spread the word to her friends and others in her village.
Meet Mwanakombo who could not hide her joy after successful surgery. She can now manage the family plot of land which she enjoyed doing before losing her sight.