Our teams consist of approx 5 Ophthalmologists and 5 nurses from hospitals in Scotland. They give their time free of charge and they deal with very basic conditions with great good humour. The fund pays for all flights, accommodation, medical equipment and supplies needed for the eye camp. 

Finote Salam, Ethiopia 2019

We were very appreciative of the fact that the hospital at Finote Salam arranged at the last minute to accommodate our trip after problems had arisen at the place we had been planning to go to. Our team consisted of 5 doctors and 6 nurses and we were joined by a senior nurse from the hospital who is qualified in cataract surgery. Although our baggage and medical supplies were a day late in arriving, the team succeeded in doing 230 cataract operations.  It was a pleasure spending time in this hospital and we hope to return.

Nekemte, Ethiopia 2017

Report by Steven Hay. We arrived with 12 large cases of supplies, set up 4 operating tables and set to work. 5 days later 211 people who had been blinded by cataracts had had their sight restored. We all enjoyed the trip and the welcome we received. 

Assella, Ethiopia 2016

Report by Ergate Ayana. Fiona’s Eye Fund set up an eye camp at Assella, Arsi, Ethiopia. The Assella camp was one of our most successful eye missions as far as number of patients was concerned. We operated on 225 patients within four and half days. This mission achieved another objective of our mission statements and that is teaching local trainees. We managed to train eight nurses in scrubbing and care management of equipment. We also taught medical students at the outpatient department. The team had some time to relax and socialise with the local people who has been helping us during the days we were there.  The Ethiopian people expressed their thanks to Fiona’s Eye Fund for all their help.  

Sekota , Ethiopia 2014

Report by nurse Fiona Freeland. Tefera Hailu Memorial Hospital, Sekota, Ethiopia. Sekota lacks basic rural eye care. Blindness from cataracts in Ethiopia is inevitable unless you can afford to pay. Everyone on the trip was overwhelmed with the numbers of people who turned up: 250 on the first day and the numbers constant throughout the week. Such was the demand for eye care the local police were brought in for crowd control. 
Report by Fiona's sister, Claire Dolan.This trip was an emotional one for me and brought me great joy to witness the achievements my sister's fund has made. 

Dembi Dollo, Ethiopia 2013

Report by nurse Fiona Freeland. Our first day was spent unpacking, setting up theatre, assessing patients and reaquainting ourselves with our Ethiopian colleagues.The elements were to prove particularly challenging, power cuts, thunder storms and "the dodgy microscope on table two " giving us a bit of grief. Thanks to the Fund, Mitiku (Ethiopian ophthalmic nurse) will finish his cataract technician course next year and Barnabas (trainee Ophthalmic nurse) will hopefully follow in his footsteps. This will make such a massive difference for not only the eye care in the town but also improving the quality of lives of those who live there. 

Dembi Dollo, Ethiopia 2012

Report by Steven Hay.This was the third trip we have funded to the Fiona Dolan Clinic in Dembi Dollo. This time our children came to help officially open the clinic. The screening of patients  was to a high standard and we had a steady stream of patients who had operable cataracts. We had great help from local nurses who proved themselves very capable and able to assist the doctors under supervision from our nurses. The family were interviewed on Ethiopian TV to officially mark the opening of the clinic. The family are very happy that the clinic now has a sign outside and information about Fiona inside the clinic in three different languages! 

Lalibela, Ethiopia 2012

Report by nurse Ergate Ayana. Our team of 4 doctors and 5 nurses set up an eye camp in Lalibela, an area of about 20,000 people. It was dry, dusty and extremely hot. 500 people walked up to 250 miles to get help at our temporary eye camp.  In all, 216 people were treated in operations to remove their damaged eye lens and replace it with an artificial one. We put on a dressing and give them antibiotics to prevent infection and ask them to return the following day. We then remove the dressing and they are able to see properly for the first time in many years. It is a joyous experience to see their reactions. They are so happy.

Arba Minch, Ethiopia 2010

Report by Dr Heather Russell. Ethiopia remains one of the poorest and least developed countries in the world, with 8% of the population being blind, 46% of these being blind from cataract The vast majority of the country’s ophthalmologists are based in the capital, Addis Ababa, leaving the rest of the country with a dearth of ophthalmic care.The work was long and hot, but extremely rewarding. Many patients ‘praised God’ and us for giving them their sight back when we saw them at their post-operative review the following day, with several letting out cries of sheer joy when their dressings were removed.

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