SAVE KENYAN EYES
Quick Summary: A collaborative project with the Mombasa Eye Hospital to explore the most effective means of assisting outreach programmes and providing medical students with opportunities to train in under-resourced settings.
Few would argue that eyesight is one of the invaluable blessings for any person. To be deprived of it due to avoidable causes is a tragedy. Yet, even in this seemingly highly developed world, the World Health Organisation in its Vision 2020 Action Plan, estimated that up to 80% of world’s blindness is avoidable. This problem is all that more acute in developing countries with limited resources.
The Mombasa Eye Hospital in Kenya, rallying under its motto of “Let’s Work Together to Eradicate Blindness”, seeks to fight avoidable blindness through a series of innovative outreach programmes including those targeting cataract, diabetes-related eye disorders, eye screening at schools and treatment of children suffering from refractive errors, strabismus and Vitamin A deficiency. MegaReach is working with the Mombasa Eye Hospital to explore the most effective means of assisting these outreach programmes and providing medical students with opportunities to train in such under-resourced settings. We hope to issue a call for assistance when a sustainable long-term plan has been formulated. If you are aware of such model programmes or placement opportunities, please do share the details through the “Comments” section of the “Contact” tab in the main menu. Alternatively, if you feel some remote communities would benefit from outreach programmes, please do let us know through the “Request” section under the “Contact” tab.
Initially from Hong Kong, I moved to the UK in September 2012 to commence my medical studies at Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry. MegaReach gives me the perfect opportunity and platform to utilise my skills and give back to the community that has so welcomingly accepted me. This is one of the few projects I am keenly interested in as it serves as a bridge between people from very different circumstances in life. Please feel free to contact me by email: email@example.com
Mombasa Eye Hospital - Outreach!
The outreach camp at Tom Mboya Cerebral Palsy School, kindly sponsored by Mr.Vershi Bhai Sha of Mombasa - 13th November 2014. Another example of living up to out motto: Let's work together to eradicate blindness.
In 1988, whilst studying optometry at Gandhi Eye Hospital, India, I had a vision to establish an eye hospital which came to life when the Mombasa Eye Hospital & Laser Centre was inaugurated in May 2011: including a private + charitable wing. Over 20,000 patients have been screened + approximately 600 cataract surgeries have been performed free of charge, through outreach. We hope collaborating with MegaReach will enable us to serve more needy patients across Kenya: restoring the 'Gift of Sight'.
Born in Kenya, where poverty is prevalent, I have always strongly felt the need to reach out to those less fortunate. Over 224,000 Kenyan’s are blind: 43% affected by cataracts which can be treated through relatively simple interventions. This is what drives me towards this particular project - I strongly believe that MegaReach will provide me with the most ideal platform to continue making a real difference to peoples’ lives in Kenya. Please feel free to contact me on: firstname.lastname@example.org
Outreach in action
The first eye camp with Phaeco-emulsification enabling same-day discharge without bandages! Outreach on 6th September 2014, in collaboration with Nasserpuria Memon Jamat at the Memon medical centre in Memon Villa