Swaziland is in a deep financial crisis and this extends to the provision of health services. We thank God that the eye service is unheeded in it's vision to provide excellent care across the country. We're praying that our ability to do this will be sustained!
CBM have given us a budget to do free surgeries in 2012: We're so grateful to our CBM friends in Canada who make all this possible! Also, we're eagerly awaiting a consignment of drugs and materials supplied by CBM: Currently waiting for all the import documents, but once released, they will be pressed into action!
The focus of the Eye service has expanded to include training in Ophthalmology. Once Dr Brady left us, there were at least 8 other international medical students we taught. Late last year Dr Shaer from Scotland arrived for an into into Ophthalmology and she had a wonderful month of learning eyes. I learned from her much about frogs - of all things! Yes, we crept around ponds in the night and saw the most wonderful creatures!
I had hoped to have a doctor from RSA to train this year but unfortunately that has not materialised. I'm quite confident that we will have trainees later this year: It's become like breathing to have a trainee ar0und.
The big challenge is to find a replacement for the the Argon laser we have lost. See elsewhere for more details of our needs.
Wishing you the best for 2012!