Andrew Feyi-Waboso updates us on his progress in Malawi on his recent trip from January to March 2023. As we conclude our visit to Mulanje Mission Hospital, Malawi Cyclone Freddy has already left devastation and laid waste so many lives in its wake. It is sad to leave just as we are getting into gear and into some kind of flow but I take consolation that the good work started will continue. Welcome dance at the opening of Eye/Rehab/Dental Unit at Mulanje Mission Hospital Setting up and seeing patientsThe new unit is a…continue reading →
Over the last three days, the first ever cataract operations at Mulanje Mission Hospital have taken place. This is the culmination of two years of hard work by the team at MMH, who have built a new eye clinic from scratch. Theatre staff in Mulanje received training from their counterparts at Zomba Central Hospital In preparation for this, staff from Mulanje visited Zomba Central Hospital last month and received training from the eye team there, assisting and taking part in operations. This week, the staff from Zomba came to MMH, to ensure that…continue reading →
The rehabilitation unit at MMH has opened last month and is now providing care to both children and adults suffering from a range of conditions, such as stroke, burns and amputations. Sight 2020 Direct’s Sally Feyi-Waboso is working alongside Eunice, a newly appointed rehab technician with a diploma in medical rehabilitation, to provide daily outpatient clinics. Sally cleaning equipment, which had become covered in a fine layer of cement dust! Over the last few weeks Sally and Eunice have been purchasing, cleaning and sorting equipment turning the newly constructed clinic building into a…continue reading →
Sight 2020 Direct are pleased to announce that we have now established a formal partnership with Mulanje Mission Hospital. We have agreed a memorandum of understanding, which outlines the ways in which our organisations will work together to provide good quality ophthalmology and rehabilitation services for the people of Mulanje. Trustee Geoff Yeldham, who signed the document on behalf of the charity, said “I had the pleasure of meeting Clinical Director Dr Arie Glas and his team when we visited Mulanje last April and I am excited about our ongoing work with them.…continue reading →
Andrew and Sally Feyi-Waboso have safely arrived in Malawi, bringing suitcases full of donated supplies with them! This includes surgical equipment and implants for glaucoma and cataract operations, which we hope to be performing in Mulanje next year. There is currently a fuel crisis in Malawi, so they have not yet been able to deliver the equipment to Mulanje Mission Hospital, but they are planning to make the trip next week and meet up with Dr Arie Glas to discuss the ongoing plans for the eye clinic. It is not only surgical instruments…continue reading →
On Friday 21 October, the Aber Valley Male Voice Choir are singing at a concert organised by Friends of St German's church, Adamstown, Cardiff in support of Sight 2020 Direct. The choir was founded in 1959 and have performed across the UK at venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, York Minster and the Principality stadium. They have also toured internationally and have recently returned from a tour of Cyprus. A number of choristers are visually impaired and the choir are keen to raise money for people in other countries who do not…continue reading →
The final report from the April 2022 trip.
Livingston survived a late scare to secure a win against Nottingham Forest in a hotly contested blind football match at St Montfort School. Referee Thokozani Kanyong'o oversaw the pre-match warm up and ensured that the players, wearing kits kindly donated by their respective clubs, were given blindfolds to eliminate any advantage that they may have had from being partially sighted. Pre-match stretches The game kicked off to roars from a large crowd of school children who had come out to support their classmates. The noise quickly died down as the match got underway,…continue reading →
The trials and tribulations of transporting medical devices to Malawi.
Report 2 of the April 2022 trip describes what was learnt from visiting other units.