08.04.2011

Raising awareness of eye care "a life-changing experience"

Raising awareness of eye care "a life-changing experience"

By Alexa Kaczka

Working with children in local primary schools in Nampula, Mozambique has been described as a great learning experience by one future optometrist.

Orla Murphy, who is studying optometry at Ireland's Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), travelled to Mozambique with a group of fellow students and others from DIT, where they worked on the Mozambique Eyecare Project from March 1st to the 15th.

The project is aimed at ending avoidable blindness in Mozambique and across developing nations.

Along with other partners, the project has helped establish Mozambique's first Optometry School in Universidade Lurio.

"It was a life-changing experience … watching the students' eagerness and motivation to learn and become something great," said Ms Murphy. "It was a real eye opener, truly inspirational for all involved."

According to the Mozambique Eyecare Project, the country only has 13 ophthalmologists for a population of 21 million.

It is providing eye care solutions, such as glasses, to people in the country.
 

by Adrian Galbreth


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