Penny Shaw

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In October, I will be travelling to Zambia, leading a team of 4 optometrists on a 2-week assignment. Our mission is to instruct local healthcare professionals in the art of eye examination with the aim that they will ultimately be able to accurately prescribe glasses. 

This assignment fits into Vision Aid Overseas on-going programme in Zambia which is to establish a Vision Centre in each province, working alongside the local eye hospital, and providing access to free eye examinations and affordable glasses. Without this facility in each province, there are many who are blind or seriously visually handicapped simply because they don't have glasses. 

Imagine what it must be like in a poor country with no welfare system to be unable to work and support your family because of poor eyesight, when all that is needed is a pair of glasses. But if there are no facilities, or if the glasses from private, often unqualified opticians are far too expensive, or if there is another undetected eye problem, then many go without. 

This will be my 7th such assignment where we work to train the local people, setting up sustainable, quality eyecare facilities, now recognised by the Zambian Ministry of Health, enabling the people to see. 

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Penny Shaw