29.01.2009

Optician to train nurses in Ethiopia

Optician to train nurses in Ethiopia

A Cumbrian optician will be joining a team to train people in Ethiopia in optometry.

David Dickson will join the Vision Aid Overseas group and train nurses in carrying out eye tests in the country, the News & Star reports.

He has already been to Ethiopia in 2007 and last year visited Zambia.

"The simple fact is they have no access to glasses or any form of healthcare in Ethiopia," he told the publication.

He will join six others on the mission, training 12 nurses.

According to Mr Dickson, lack of eye tests and spectacles is the biggest reason for people in the developing world not being able to see.

Vision Aid Overseas" Direct Service Clinics exist to give out glasses and eye tests in developing countries.

Last year the places it visited included Ghana, Malawi, Uganda and Burkina Faso.

It also trained nurses in Sierra Leone, Uganda, Ethiopia and Zambia to carry out eye care.

by Alexa Kaczka


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