news - july 2016
replacement of mobile operating microscope
Our mobile operating microscope has been used to restore sight to tens of
thousands of people in Kenya.
It was originally donated by a number of donors and comes from scan optics
Now after many hard years of work it has developed fungus in the optics
which cannot be removed.
Replacement of the head and optics of this excellent quality robust
microscope is needed and will cost U$2,000
Please can you help to enable people to see again!
Donate here: https://www.generosity.com/medical-fundraising/replacement-mobile-operating-microscope
training with the soko community trust
The Soko Community Trust works in Maungu, a small Kenyan town about an hours drive away from our Taita Clinic. They provide people with the practical skills needed to see sustainable improvements in their lives and lift themselves out of poverty. Soko makes beautiful designer clothing for the online retailer ASOS. Also, many other women in the area work with weaving or beading.
The women were having trouble in that they could not see to do their work because they needed reading glasses. These were not easy to find in Maungu! The Soko Community trust came to us to find a long term solution to this problem. We got together and with support from ASOS we selected and trained 11 women in Maungu on basic eye health and how to safely issue reading glasses and refer those with eye problems.
Further to training these women, the Soko Community Trust together with our staff at the Taita clinic mobilized people in the area to attend an eye screening held in Maungu. 233 people were seen and 88 pairs of reading glasses were issued. 7 people had sight restoring surgery and 6 move will come for their surgery next week at our Taita clinic. This was all sponsored by ASOS.
The 11 women who have been trained on eye health will continue to perform basic eye testing and issuing of reading glasses. They will receive refresher training and an ongoing supply of affordable reading glasses which they can sell at a small price.
Over the next few months we plan to train 5 more groups of women around the same area.
This is one of the many ways in which we deliver affordable accessible eye care.
A new visual field machine for the eye centre
Elektron Healthcare has kindly donated a top of the range visual field machine to Kwale Eye Centre. A visual field machine measures a patients peripheral (side) vision. It is used to help diagnose and monitor glaucoma, as well as other retinal and neurological disease.
The Eye Centre sees about 80 glaucoma patients per week, and this new machine means we can reach a diagnosis of glaucoma (or not) more easily, and monitor the effect of treatment more accurately.
The new equipment is proving to be very beneficial to the work of the Eye Centre, and all of the staff are very impressed with it. Thank you to Elektron Healthcare for this impressive machine!