First Burkina Faso volunteer training programme a great success
Posted: 28 February 2012
Asmaa Ahmad, Laura Bennett, Richard Fielding, Raj Kukadia, Rachel Murray, Shivani Tandon, Michael Offord and team leader, Caroline Clarke took part in the first training programme in the country.
This was also an opportunity to expand on Vision Aid Overseas' eye care provision for patients. For many, it was the first time they had had an examination, and a substantial number were referred for pathologies such as cataract and glaucoma. In total, the team saw over 2,800 patients and dispensed in excess of 2,200 pairs of glasses.
The training presented an exciting challenge as it had to be delivered in French, the official language. The four trainees were all eye care workers from Ouagadougou University Hospital. Prior to departure, Vision Aid Overseas Trustee Rachel North had kindly arranged for the teaching material to be translated into French and simultaneous presentations in the two languages, aided by some superb translators, proved to be successful.
Caroline Clarke said, ‘I am thrilled that the project was such a success, due to the dedication of the team, and their ability to think on their feet!’
Amanda Nasser, Programme Director for Burkina Faso remarked, 'It was a very successful project that combined direct service with training in refraction which was well received by the trainees.'