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Back to basics

In Nkhoma, I am planning carefully for the next two months as we run up to the end of the year.  We will stop working for Christmas, but will be aiming to help as many people as we can for the next two months, and hope to work flat out. I had a busy day on [...]
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It’s getting hot

The famous ophthalmologist John Sandford-Smith MBE wrote the book on Eye Disease in Hot Climates, and I can see why he chose the title.  These last two weeks it has really started getting hot.  And dry and windy. Jacaranda trees are in full bloom, and signify the start of the hot spell of October, before the [...]
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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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World Glaucoma Day, and week!

Together with the rest of the world, Nkhoma celebrated World Glaucoma Day last Friday. Glaucoma is the second main cause of global blindness, after cataract.  It is a condition that slowly affects the optic nerve at the back of the eye, and is often associated with high pressure in the eye.  Untreated, the high pressure destroys [...]
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