news - august 2016
replacement of mobile operating microscope
Last month we asked for your help to replace a mobile operating microscope which had developed a fungus in the main head. We received donations both through the online appeal and direct to the Eye Centre. We now have pledges that should enable us to replace the needed parts, and look forward to being able to report that this has been done.
A huge thank you from all of our patients!
training with the soko community trust
In our July newsletter we wrote about our work with the SOKO community trust in Maungu, a small Kenyan town about an hours drive away from our Taita clinic. We trained 11 women in the town on basic eye health, how to safely issue reading glasses and how to refer those with eye problems.
The programme is proving to be a success with many people in the community receiving reading glasses and getting treatment for eye conditions. In the photograph we see one of the women watching her patient undergo surgery.
There is another screening and operating list taking place this week, and another 3 planned in the future.
Usually if a child has an eye problem, the sooner it is detected and treated the better the outcome. In Kenya, primary education is free and it is compulsory for children between the ages of 6 and 13 to attend school. This means that teachers are in an ideal position to be able to detect children with eye problems and refer them on for investigation.
We recently invited primary school teachers to the Eye Centre and trained them on how to identify children with eye problems. The training was sponsored by christoffel blindenmission (CBM).
We hope this will allow us to reach many more children who need our help.
a day at the eye centre
The photo on the left shows the average busy day at the Eye Centre. All of the patients in blue had surgery the previous day and are waiting for their check ups.
Of course, as well as all of the work we do at the main clinic, we are heavily involved in field screenings. If the patient cannot get to us because they can't see, can't afford to, or don't know how to, we come to them. The photo on the left shows patients waiting to be screened. As you can see, people of all ages come to our screenings.
Our community based workers (CBWs) are responsible for going out into remote areas and finding those who need eye care. Most of our CBWs are trained to be able to screen for eye disease and refer, meaning we do not have to send out nurses. The photo on the left shows Shaban, one of our CBWs sharing his report with his colleagues.