By popular demand, we have produced a new calendar for 2020, at A4 size, and it is available now. It contains varied scenes of the lakeside and upland landscape, and at the Vwasa Wildlife Reserve. All photos taken by Focus on Malawi/The Raven Trust volunteers. We’re suggesting a donation of £6.00, which will include postage. Featured on the front cover are some of the local clinical staff whose training in Malawi colleges the Trust sponsors. Send your name and address by email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send you the calendar, together with details of how to make your donation.
We’re so grateful to report that both teams which recently visited Malawi are safely home and well. Altogether, it was a very busy four weeks and most of our objectives were met. We return hugely encouraged by our partners in the hospitals and all that they are doing to serve their communities. We’ll be posting here more news in relation to the trips in due course.
The second volunteer team has now safely arrived in Malawi, and tomorrow will be heading north to Mzuzu, and thence to Livingstonia. They eye clinic there currently has no staff owing to the death a few months ago of Mr Mkandawire, the ophthalmic clinical officer in charge (see post here), so the team will be talking to managers to offer help in finding staffing solutions. The trust will continue to make available funds to sponsor the training of suitable local staff.
While the team are there, if required by hospital managers, they will be available to see patients. Later, the team will travel to the mission hosptal at Ekwendeni, and finally to the mission hospital at Embangweni.
Team 1 has now returned to the UK, and we’re so grateful for their amazing contribution to improving eye care services in northern Malawi. We look forward to seeing the photos and videos they took, many of which will start appearing on this blog soon, together with reports on the work done. Thank you Steven, Josie, Lianne and David!
The current visiting team is having a busy time working in the Mzimba area, at Embangweni mission hospital and Mzimba government hospital. At both hospitals, together with local staff, they’ve overseen the delivery and and installation of lens cutting machines, followed by training. This is a big step forward in developing eye care that is not dependent on donated second-hand glasses.
The team has also trained staff at a local school to do basic eye health screening. This is the first time we’ve done this and, with local primary care workers, hope to learn how to develop this effectively and sustainably, both here and elsewhere in the northern area.