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Africa » South Africa » Gauteng » Johannesburg February 13th 2015

February 13, 2015 (Johannesburg, South Africa) The Global Eye Care Program (GECP) is dedicated to the World Health Organization's Vision 2020 Programme for the elimination of preventable blindness due to cataract by 2020. Our work follows the tenets of WHO Vision 2020 and targets underserved populations in Oklahoma (our home) as well as in Swaziland and Southwestern China (Chengdu, Sichuan Province). Our activities center around being a technical specialist to help advance and expand existing eye care in Swaziland in alignment with a National Eye Care Programme. Today there are two ophthalmologists operating in Swaziland at Good Shepherd Hospital and at Mbabane Government Hospital and nine optometrists serving the entire country. A 2008 WHO repor... read more
Cataract Screening

Africa » South Africa » Gauteng » Johannesburg February 13th 2015

February 13, 2015 (Johannesburg, South Africa) For those of you who do a lot of traveling across time zones and places where plugins are just a bit larger and carry a kick to the charge (220V), you'll understand that recharging is as much about getting some sleep as it is recharging your laptop, iPhone, iPad, GoPro, digital SLR, noise cancelling headphones... OK, maybe I over do it. At least I didn't bring a Tesla!... read more

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Stellenbosch February 13th 2015

Friday 13th February 2015: day twelve - Gordon's Bay/Stellenbosch Nick and Dena, our hosts had things to do: Judith and I headed off into the wine regions for the day. What an amazing place Stellenbosh is. The town is set out with beautiful architectural buildings mixed with plenty of posh cafes and meeting areas. We also found several parks/green areas with oak trees. There is definitely a strong student influence to proceedings in the town. Chic boutiques and designer labels. Stellenbosch is absolutely famous for winery's and wine tasting sessions. The choose is vast. Proud to say that Judith and refrained from visiting the winery's other than to try and find some pink champagne or v dry Rose to share with our hosts Nick and Dena when we returned to Gordon's Bay. Recommend, if you get ... read more
University theological building

Africa » South Africa » Gauteng » Johannesburg February 12th 2015

February 12, 2015 (Johannesburg, South Africa) Joining me on this trip are two people from OU’s CCEW program – the Center for Creation of Economic Wealth. The Center for the Creation of Economic Wealth is an economic development organization at the University of Oklahoma specializing in technology commercialization, software business development, social entrepreneurship, and agile product design. This entrepreneurship center focuses on entrepreneurship (including social entrepreneurship) based on OU technologies or ideas. Both undergraduate and graduate students participate in targeted projects aligning themselves with a faculty mentor and a community based advisor for the projects. Jeff Moore is the Executive Director for CCEW and is based at the OU Norman Campus. Prio... read more
Taylor Potter

Africa » South Africa » Gauteng » Johannesburg February 12th 2015

February 12, 2015 (Johannesburg, South Africa) To give the CCEW's engagement with the Swaziland project I want to introduce you to Team Swaziland from the Tulsa CCEW crew. This team of four graduate students is committed to a 16 week engagement with The Luke Commission (TLC) to look for expansion opportunities. I'll give you more information about TLC in a subsequent blog. For now I want to introduce you to the team in Tulsa and give you a brief background on their charge. Given the success of the TLC approach to reaching out to the most remote patients in Swaziland, they are seeking to replicate the model both in Swaziland and in surrounding sub Saharan countries. Well on their way to deploying the second TLC team, the CCEW group is tasked with exploring how best to ... read more

Africa » South Africa » Gauteng » Johannesburg February 12th 2015

February 12, 2015 (Johannesburg, South Africa) A very full but very smooth 14 hour 40 minute flight DAL 200 got us across the south Atlantic and to the eastern part of South Africa. The flight was completely full - it is impressive how efficient the booking process for these major flights are. Perhaps it is the advantage of the non-stop flight. I actually don’t feel to bad - dozed a lot of the flight, watched two movies, a few episodes of The Big Bang Theory and read a little. Jeff Moore and Taylor Potter caught up with me in Atlanta - we are seated across the cabin. Just checked in and looking forward to a good night’s rest in the City Lodge hotel right in O.R. Tambo airport. We fly out to Swaziland tomorrow morning - ... read more

Africa » South Africa » Gauteng » Johannesburg February 12th 2015

February 12, 2015 (Johannesburg, South Africa) The Luke Commission (TLC) is a faith-based NGO in Swaziland that delivers compassionate, comprehensive, healthcare to the most isolated and underserved populations of southern Africa in collaboration with local communities, government, corporate, and non-profit partners. TLC's vision is to end the isolation of rural communities to quality, compassionate healthcare, and they have been extremely successful. The model is community outreach to remote villages by taking a mobile hospital, setting up for a day in a local school and seeing between 600-800 patients a day. With an emphasis on comprehensive compassionate care, TLC has made huge inroads addressing the most needy in a country with a very high prevalence of HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis. To leverage their success, they are looking to add on ad... read more

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Gordon's Bay February 12th 2015

Thursday 12th February 2015: day eleven - Gordon's Bay There was no specific plan for today other than to relax, enjoy some sunshine and have a look around the area. We managed a short boat handling session in False Bay, on Nick and Dena's power boat. It was relatively calm but there was some swell coming in from the SE so that added a little interest to the trip out. No sign of any fish in False Bay, including the infamous Great White Shark that uses this area for breeding and feeding on the rather large seals that frequent the harbours and nearby waters. We took in a house viewing later in the day..... That's a house being sold with a great sea view from the deck, the main bed rooms and guest quarters...... Problem is ... read more
Conditions change quickly in a SE

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape February 11th 2015

Wednesday 11th February 2015: day ten - Gordon's Bay. In the morning Geoff's cycle had to be tested! So, he set off along the coast rode towards Hermanus and back. It's a rather 'lumpy/hilly version of a Coast road, but it does have advantages over others: This road is ranked as in the top five in the world for watching whales from the shore line, but not at this time of year sadly! Judith set off in black and pink jogging Lycra to complete a circuit of the harbour and shore front - jogging for 60 and walking alternatively for 60 - that's seconds folks - not minutes!!!! But it did go on for over an hour. Seriously good going though and well done to Judith for that. The remainder of the day was spent sitting ... read more
The lapa
Fun in the pool

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape February 10th 2015

Tuesday 10th February: day nine - Cape Town/Gordon's Bay . Today was 'another move on day!'. We had thought, that spending four days in any one place at any one time would work well . Our four days were passing so fast, plus - carrying suitcases in and out of the car, disassembling the cycle and then putting everything back together - makes it worth stopping for a while! Our stay at the "Big Blue Backpackers" had worked well. It was central and near many of the attractions. Sharing a bathroom with several others had worked well - there was no queuing and everything was clean: For a double room in central Cape Town, at approx £25 a night no complaints... 'A day of very normal activities' - a quick flurry of collecting clean washing plus ... read more
Imposing staircase
Entrance hallway
Chilling in the pool

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