Refraction room appeal

Vision Aid Overseas appeal has helped equip four hospitals in Ethiopia

13 Apr 2015 by Emily McCormick

An appeal by Vision Aid Overseas (VAO) has been hailed a success after donations helped to purchase over £5,000 worth of equipment for four hospitals in rural Ethiopia. 

Prior to the charity's Refraction Room Appeal the facilities had no refraction equipment, despite having trained optometrists. 

The equipment was purchased in the UK and officially presented to the Ethiopian Optometry Association (EOA) at the Ras Amba Hotel in Addis Ababa by the charity's honorary vice president Brian Ellis, VAO country director for Ethiopia Dr Zelalem Eshetu and VAO deputy country director for Ethiopia, Michele de Vaal.

During the meeting, Mr Ellis, who founded the charity in 1985, gave a presentation to optometrists about the technical aspects of the equipment that was donated, as well as how to best care for it. Each of the hospitals also agreed to author reports for the EOA and VAO covering the work completed with the equipment.” 

Ms Vaal said: "Vision Aid Overseas would like to extend an enormous thank you to everyone who supported the Refraction Room Appeal. It is extremely sad that optometrists in Ethiopia should be prevented from practising the full extent of their skills because they lack the right equipment. 

She added: "These donations, all of which came from UK optical professionals, will directly improve the quality of eye care available in Ethiopia and help our trainees to make a life-transforming difference to many hundreds of people every year."

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