Clinical staff training continues with students progressing well

The Trust is currently sponsoring the training of three members of the medical staff, with a fourth to start soon. They are from Embangweni and Ekwendeni hospitals .

The first has recently completed successfully his general clinical officer training and waiting for final exam results. After a year’s internship, he will go on to a further 18 months of training, specialising in ophthalmology.

Two members of staff at Embangweni recently completed successfully their first year in optometric technician training. They are currently back  working in their clinic until term starts. This coming year, another member of staff from Embangweni is set to commence a clinical-officer-in-ophthalmology course.

Eye clinic in Malawi
A student doing an eye test at Embangweni

This training is being done at colleges in Malawi, and all students are local people who are committed to serving their local communities. Providing the funds for this training is a key part of this Focus on Malawi’s objective to help enable sustainable eye care services at the mission hospitals in northern Malawi.

Vintage Glasses Sale Colchester Saturday 23 March

Amongst the kind donations of glasses and sunglasses made to Focus on Malawi, we occasionally find some retro or vintage gems. Some of them are in demand from vintage enthusiasts and collectors and, if we can sell them, the proceeds can be used for training students in Malawi. This coming Saturday 23 March, we’ll have a stall-full of these optical gems at Colchester’s famous Secret Vintage World event. It’s at the Town Hall, on the High Street, from 10:30 – 16:00.Vintage sunglasses

Next Goggle Works Friday 15 March 19:00

Goggle Works illustrationOur next Goggle Works party will be on Friday 15 March, at 19:30, in Colchester. Join us to sort, wash, measure and pack second-hand glasses, ready to send off to our partners in Malawi.

Once in the clinics, they’ll be stored ready to dispense to patients. Providing second-hand glasses is important as new prescription glasses would be beyond the means of 90% of the population. Improving sight helps to enable education, work — and of course helps with the practicalities of living.

Everyone’s welcome, no previous experience necessary! Call 01206 622712 for more details.

College re-starts for students

We’re very pleased to report that the ophthalmic students we’re sponsoring have returned to their colleges at Lilongwe and Blantyre in Malawi, following a recent unplanned shutdown. This has been disruptive for their studies, but they have made good use of this time by being back at work in their clinics.

Vintage Glasses Sale at Maldon Flea Market 2 February

We’re back with our next sale of super cool vintage and retro glasses and sunglasses (a wide selection from the 1940s onwards) kindly donated to the Trust. Proceeds will provide an important contribution in our support of clinical training and the extension of ophthalmic services in Malawi.

Roll up on Saturday 2 February at The Flea Market, Maldon Town Hall (at the top of Market Hill), open from 08:30 – 15:00.