Progress at Embangweni and Mzimba

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.

Malawi team visit No. 1, 2019

We have two teams visiting from the UK this year, during September-October. The first has just departed and will, among many tasks,  be working to help set up lens cutting machines at Embangweni CCAP mission hospital, and Mzimba government hospital. The machines, sent from the UK, have just arrived in a freight container (organised by Smileawi, our dentist friends).

Malawi 2019 team No 1
Ready for Africa: (l-r) Steven Thomson, Josie McKellar, Lianne Coe, David Tate, and Sue Kevan.

Another step towards making glasses to prescription locally

The objective of Focus on Malawi has always been to support the development of eye-care services that become locally sustainable. One more step in this process happened yesterday when a large consignment of donated uncut lenses  was delivered to Embangweni Hospital. Soon, another big step: the staff will be trained to cut and insert lenses into frames, ready for dispensing.

staff at Embangweni receive consignment of uncut lenses
Misheck and Phinious, staff at Embangweni eye clinic, receive a consignment of uncut lenses, delivered safely by Ben (top left).

 

Pub quiz win!

Meet ‘Almost Conscious’, a bunch of friends connected with Colchester Vineyard and supporting Focus on Malawi, who monthly pit their wits at the Alehouse quiz. Yesterday, they actually won, receiving the evening’s top prize of £62.00 — which they’ve donated to Focus on Malawi! Thank you team!