VAO launches Sierra Leone Christmas appeal

Charity’s appeal aims to re-equip its busiest vision centres in the aftermath of the ebola outbreak

02 Dec 2016 by Emily McCormick

Vision Aid Overseas (VAO) has launched an urgent Christmas appeal to raise the funds needed to enable it to re-equip its busiest vision centre in Sierra Leone.

The charity aims to raise £13,635, which will allow it to replace old and damaged optical equipment following the ebola outbreak in the country in 2014–15.

Following the outbreak, essential equipment, such as trial frames, had to be dipped in chorine bleach after each patient to avoid cross infection.

Based in Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone, Connaught Vision Centre is one of the busiest eye care facilities in the country, prescribing spectacles to over 12,000 patients annually.

To support the appeal, visit the VAO website.

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