Christian optometry mission to the developing world

Past Missions

Ghana 2006

Mission for Vision travelled to the far north of Ghana to provide eyecare to those living in the Bolgatanga region. The team comprised of 3 optometrists 3 dispensers and 8 volunteers who were involved in organising the people, registration and screening the patients. The clinics were located in Nakpanduri, Sandema and Tongo and this was one area where sadly we had to turn so many away because of sheer numbers.

Bolgatanga, northern Ghana, several hours' drive north from Tamale airport. Clinics were held at Nakpanduri (2 days), Sandema (2 days) and Tongo (1½ days).

The team worked closely with a local optometrist, and with a local ophthalmic surgeon and his team who were able to dispense eyecare drugs and to arrange for cataract surgery for those who needed it the most.
In five and a half days' work:

  • Total number screened: 2,132
  • Spectacles dispensed: 1,141
  • 930 patients referred to the nurses for medication
  • 96 cataract operations funded through Mission for Vision

There were fourteen in the team, including three optometrists, two dispensing opticians, a nurse, structural engineers and a children's worker.

  • Helen Allder: Optometrist, Music Ministry
  • Pauline Mortimer: Optometrist
  • Peter Greedy: Optometrist
  • Ian Squire: Dispenser
  • Brigitta Hudson: Dispensing
  • Jon Mortimer: Dispenser
  • Graeme Tucker: Screening
  • David Trelease: Screening
  • Daren Allder: Screening, Music Ministry
  • Sandy Lovett: Ministry
  • Nels Trelease: Ministry
  • Ann Squire: Ministry
  • Barbara Rooney: Ministry
  • Juddy Simmons: Ministry

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Ghana 2006