Our most exciting
news - a permanent clinic in Ethiopia
2011 the Fund was successful in opening a permanent eye clinic named
Fiona Dolan Eye Clinic.
October 2012 Fiona's family made the long trip out to the
clinic to officially open it. Their experience was
the photos show how they became involved in
cleaning the clinic, helping to look after the patients,
the operations and making friends. Different language was
clinic is in Dembi Dollo, a small village near the western border of
An agreement has been made with the local authorites: the Fund
will equip the Clinic and send doctors out to operate, bringing medical
supplies with them and in return an Ethiopian ophthalmic nurse
is appointed to work permanently in the clinic.
blindness is a serious problem in Ethiopia. It affects all ages. Often
it is the breadwinner of a family who has become blind and this impacts
on the life of a family. The good news is that a relatively
straightforward operation can be done to remove the cataract and insert
a plastic lens. The operation is done one day, the dressing is removed
the next day and the patients are sent home with eye drops to use. When
a team of our doctors makes a visit out to the clinic for a week,
hundreds of people make their way, often from hundreds of miles away,
to queue up to be assessed and then operated on. So far
hundreds of patients have had their eyesight restored. From now on we
hope to fund a team of doctors to go out to the clinic twice each year.
We appreciate very much the fact that our doctors give their time
free of charge for this. Conditions are not easy. In the clinic the
electricity and running water is intermittent and the living conditions
are basic. The warm welcome given to the doctors and nurses, however,
has been a very
special achievement in Fiona's memory.