Optometric equipment purchased for use in Malawi clinics

We have recently purchased some optometric gear to equip clinics that plan to develop their services soon.

We bought almost the complete inventory of equipment from an optometrist practice in Southend-on-Sea. This had closed down following the retirement of the owner. Then we travelled to Yorkshire to purchase a second-hand lens cutter and edger for preparing lenses for frames.

All this will be sent to Embangweni Mission and Mzimba government hospitals and it will complete the equipping of the new optometric departments. Mzimba is in the same region as Embangweni, and we expect that the two clinics will be able to provide complimentary services reaching needy communities.

Our thanks to Ashok Bhardwaja and David Tate who let us have the equipment at generous prices. We also thank the guys from Southend Vineyard who did some heavy lifting, and to Sue and John Challis who drove all the equipment to Scotland. And finally to our good friends Vicky and Nigel of Smileawi in Scotland, who are letting us occupy space in their next container (leaving Strachur for Malawi, on 7th May).

Southend team
The Southend Vineyard heavy-lifters with Ashok Bhardwaja (right), and a tightly-packed van behind them.
lens cutter with the cover off
David Tate took us under the bonnet of the Briot Silver+ lens cutter.