Lions Eye Institute staff members and nurses Maureen Gilpin and Johanna Du Plooy recently travelled to Indonesia for three days and visited the mobile eye clinic run by the John Fawcett Foundation. During their visit they oversaw preparation, clinical and surgical sessions and will provide a report on how the Foundation can improve on their already life-changing programs.
The Foundation has been working alongside the Institute since the early nineties, helping the Indonesian community with eye care and surgeries to assist with avoidable vision loss. The duo was amazed with what the Foundation was doing on the little resources they had, and with how positive, resourceful and respectful the whole team was during their stay.
The Institute and its staff are proud to support the work at the Foundation, and the broader Indonesian community, regularly travelling back and forth for conferences, workshops, surgery, and optical exams, as well as co-inventing ophthalmic devices with local professionals in the field.