Weʼre raising £500 to Provide eye examinations, spectacles and cataract surgeries to communities in Malawi, East Africa
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In Summer 2019, myself and 11 other Cardiff University Optometry students will be travelling to Malawi in East Africa to provide free eye examinations for thousands of people in communities who would not normally have access to eye care as we do in the UK.
During the trip, we're aiming to test the eyes of between 3000 and 4000 people across the country, providing free spectacles to those who need them, allowing people to do basic tasks such as working, reading and writing, all of which someone may not be able to do without clear vision. Providing spectacles to children can allow them to go to school, helping them to learn basic skills such as reading and writing. We will also be checking the health of people's eyes and screening for common ocular conditions - with the help of donations we should also be able to provide life-changing cataract surgeries for over 100 people; cataract surgery is the most commonly performed surgery by the NHS but the majority of people in Malawi would not otherwise have access to it.
We're hoping to spend time in hospital eye clinics, helping to teach some of the techniques we have been learning at University and improve the eye care services which are available in Malawi. Malawi has been categorised as one of the least economically developed countries in the world, and only has 9 consultant ophthalmologists for a population of 18 million people.
Donations will contribute towards purchasing spectacles to donate to those who need them, as well as contributing towards accommodation, equipment and travel costs whilst we are in Malawi. Any donations, however small, would be greatly appreciated!
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Feb 8, 2019
Good luck doggy, lemme know if you need to me to teach you a thing or two about eyes before you go out xx
Feb 8, 2019
wishing you a successful tripMaureen & Chris xx
Feb 6, 2019
Nice one Conor - Can't wait to hear all about your adventures.Good luck + big love from the Logan-Thomas girls x
Feb 5, 2019
Just a regular superhero ain’t you
Feb 4, 2019
Amazing experience and such a worthy cause! All the best Conor!
Feb 2, 2019
Finally got round to donating. You’re going to have a great time - enjoy! T xx
Feb 2, 2019
Best wishes for a great cause! X
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