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Her smile says it all

We visited the villages near Lilongwe (well, around 2 hours drive from Nkhoma) to pick up patients who had been screened by John Kapakasa, our cataract case-finder. He’s had a busy week on his motorbike, driving around ten villages in the rural district around the capital.  The ambulance brought back 12 patients, 10 of whom were [...]
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MACOHA referral session from Salima

We’ve had patients coming from near the lakeshore in Salima the whole of last week and this week.  A car every day has been coming full with around 15 patients.  We’ve been busy. Malawi Council for the Handicapped (MACOHA) has a team of field workers in their community based rehabilitation programme.  They have spent weeks and [...]
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The impact of 10 million, and the power of one

We have just passed the end of June, and the cool and dryness of winter is here.  Most of the people in central Malawi have harvested good crops this year, and are free to head to the market, spend time with their families and enjoy this time of prosperity. In fact this is our busiest time [...]
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Screening at the lakeshore

And so we start the year.. We have done our first few cataract operations.  I also saw a 12 year old boy who had a penetrating  pen injury to his eye.  Managed to sort it out in theatre. Steve and Kambewa are driving 200 miles to Mangotchi and Machinga, near the lakeshore, tomorrow to meet the district [...]
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100km trip

Just a quick note today – I plan to drive up to 100km round trip to find more people who have cataracts but I don’t know yet whether we can give them free surgery that will allow them to see again. Fingers crossed that the car doesn’t break down again.
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