01 December 2017

Dr Lyn Dowds visiting Colchester 6 December

On Wednesday 6 December at 19:30, Dr Lyn Dowds, chief medical officer at the David Gordon Memorial Hospital, Livingstonia, will be visiting Colchester. She’ll be meeting the Goggle Works crowd to give an update on progress at the hospital and let us know what the needs are likely to be in the future. If you’re in or around Colchester, do join us for this Goggle Works Party (without the work). Contact Sue Kevan for more details and venue info.

10 November 2017

A look at the opening of Embangweni clinic

Here's a short video showing preparations for, and opening of the Embangweni eye clinic, back in June this year (more info in earlier post). The staff are now testing for and dispensing reading glasses, most of which have been collected and measured by Focus on Malawi volunteers in the UK.

17 October 2017

Successful visit to Malawi, Quiz Night thanks

The recent team visit to Malawi went well, and Emma and Carina returned home safely. Thank you Emma and Carina! We’ll post a more detailed report in due course.

On Friday 13 October, FoM supporters from Colchester area travelled over to Rayleigh to participate in a quiz night fundraising event organised by Cheryl Lamb and the lovely people at Rayleigh Vineyard church. Our two FoM teams came first and second! Thanks to everyone who participated in, and organized, this very successful and enjoyable event.

07 October 2017

Working at Ekwendeni

The team reports from Ekwendeni: "Lovely few days in Ekwendeni. We've delivered lots of new specs, done some reorganising in the clinic and visited the school."

28 September 2017

Repairs and teaching at Embangweni

Reporting from Malawi: "Busy busy busy here in Embangweni. The test chart we thought was broken has been fixed and put up on the wall. We've been busy teaching and found a spare 5 minutes for an eye clinic team selfie."

24 September 2017

Supporting training for clinicians

Reporting from Malawi: "Just handed over a laptop and some medical textbooks to Lesley to help him with his studies."

September clinical visit starts

Another clinical visit to northern Malawi has started! Optometrists Emma and Carina arrive in Lilongwe today, and tomorrow will travel north to Embangweni. They’ll do training at the newly-opened clinic there, and also see patients at schools and remote clinics here and yet further north at Ekwendeni. They’ve taken packed-to-the-limit bag-loads of stuff donated & recently sorted at Goggle Works Parties (glasses for patients, medical text books and laptop for students, etc, etc). We pray for their safety in all aspects of travelling and work, and that they will keep well.
If you would like to help this project in any way (you don’t have to be an eye care professional!) do get in contact. We can do with all sorts of practical help, from collecting and sorting second-hand glasses to admin support. We’re also happy to receive donations small or large. Our purpose is to support the development of self-sustaining eye care — and essential for that is clinical training for locals, so we continue to sponsor courses in Malawi. The professional qualifications gained are valid only in Malawi, so the investment stays within the country.