Urgent eye care appeal for Ethiopia
Ethiopia has one of the lowest patient to optometrist ratio in the world, with fewer than three qualified optometrists per million! The team at D J Dunstone in Hadleigh are helping Vision Aid Overseas (VAO) to raise money to train and support optometry students and staff at Hawassa University in Ethiopia, to help bring local access to eye tests.
Holly Coleman, one of the optometrists at D J Dunstone, spent two weeks examining sight in Ethiopia during May 2017. There she worked with local optometrist Mulugeta and has seen first-hand the need for eye care and the difference VAO can make with our help. Click here for more information about Holly's trip.
Ethiopia is a rapidly developing country, which is slowly building its healthcare facilities and access to quality and affordable eye care services is scarce. It has a population of almost 100 million people scattered across remote, often hard to reach areas.
VAO believes that if a country is to have sustainable eye care services, it must have skilled staff to do the job. The optometry students will work alongside UK Professional Volunteers on outreach programmes to receive training to improve their practical skills.
What you can do?
Please consider calling into the Practice at 3 Queen Street and donate £1 to VAO towards this campaign. For the month of August 2017 each person making a donation will be invited to put their name into a draw. The winner will receive a £75 voucher to spend at D J Dunstone on goods or services. You are also welcome to donate any used spectacles which will be forwarded to VAO. It is estimated that we at D J Dunstone have collected more than 20,000 pairs of used spectacles over the last 25 years that have been recycled for use in Africa.
Pictured, Kate Rhodes, Optometric Assistant at D J Dunstone
What can the money we raise do?
£100 can pay for a community outreach team to see 500 people.
£300 could pay training costs for two weeks for a student or faculty member.
£9950 could train and support 20 optometry students and 12 faculty staff at Hawassa University College of Health and Medical Sciences to help bring local access to eye tests and glasses to 1.2 million people over the next 20 years.
Please click here for more information about VAO and this campaign.
The draw will take place at 5pm on 31 August. We will inform you of the amount raised through these pages and on our website dunstoneinsight.com. The website has information about the Practice team and the services we offer and also has further information regarding the current VAO campaign.Please contact us on 01473 823755 if you have any questions or would like to make an eye examination appointment. You are welcome call in to view our up-to-date range of spectacle frames and sunglasses (prescription and non-prescription). Our opening times are Monday – Friday 9-1 & 2-5 and also Tuesday evenings until 8pm. We have recently refitted the upstairs showroom and so you could take the opportunity to have a look while calling in to make your £1 charity donation!