Granada, Nicaragua Feb 4th - Feb 12th 2011
Annual report/trip report
As the the VOSH Southeast clinics coordinator, I am pleased to offer our report.
The students were most helpful in that they all took turns on auto refraction, refractions, and dispensing of eyeglasses. We enjoyed working with them to improve their eyecare skills and knowledge. Their names are Walter, Gema, Tania and Grace.
All were hard working kids and performed well as we encountered 767 patients and dispensed around 800 pairs of eyeglasses, including bifocals, minus spheres and reading glasses, all provided by VOSH International, VOSH Southeast, and myself.
Also a big part of our group Abi Yildirim and Dick Echols are bio-engineers from Birmingham that came to FIX anything and everything they could (those 2 know how to party). Also aiding our mission were various locals such as Sergio Romero, our translator and transporter from Estelli. Juan Rodrigues Lacayo from Granada, our good friend and Translator / Transporter without whom we could not function at full tilt!
Next, we had 2 nurses each day that ran visual acuities and did blood pressures on those over 40, one of which was Vladimir Barrios' mom...Vladimir is also a local, a former clinic manager from Guatemala's VOSH clinic. Vladi also helped us as translator and clinic structure organizer. He was a BIG help to us! Finally we had an expat American now living in Granada and his beautiful wife ( Keith and Nancy Knight )
Nancy was our Jeffa Del Puerta, that means she ran our clinic entry doors, along with several local American Legionnaires members who helped us carry our vast quantities of glasses and equipment around Granada. The lady that ran the 2nd floor library in the Japanese hospital was a dear person, and did much to help us every day! Her name was Flo.
The VOSH mission statement is to provide sustainable eye-care to countries like Nicaragua, and we seek 20/20 for all by the year 2020! As a side note, Dr Robin Potts was shanghaied from our group and tapped by Rudy to run a diabetes study at the main clinic, we missed you Robin! I want to thank everyone that helped in our endeavors and hope that Granada is a better place now that everyone can see better!
Dr Greg Kane OD presenting Dr Rudy
a check donation from VOSH Southeast
Respectfully submitted by:
Dr Greg Kane