NEW OUTREACH PROJECT
2018 was the tenth anniversary of the fund and we have started a new project. We are funding an outreach project whereby a small team of Ethiopian eye care workers based in Nekemte will travel once every year to 6 outreach posts in the wider rural area. In each place they will set up camp for one week and complete as many eye procedures as possible for people who would otherwise be unable to access eye care.
The first camp was in Gimbi, Ethiopia, and achieved:
3229 patients treated
93 cataract operations and 5 other surgeries performed
2759 other procedures completed.
The second camp was in Gada Ayana:
3107 patients treated
203 Cataract operations performed
280 Glaucoma patients treated
28 Trachoma patients treated
9 other operations
Results of the third camp coming soon.
We are following the development of an interesting new device being produced by PEEK VISION called PEEK RETINA. It is a compact portable microscope which attaches to a mobile phone and allows retinal images of an eye to be captured on the phone. Prototypes of the device are being tested and final adjustments being made. The Fund is interested as it will be a hugely useful tool for screening patients for possible cataract surgery in their homes in remote rural areas in countries such as Ethiopia.
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