My time here in Swaziland is drawing to a close as I leave for meetings in Europe at noon today. I'll be flying out of the new King Mswati airport to Joburg and taking the overnight flight north. The project here has exceeded my expectations in so many ways. We all have achieved and learned a tremendous amount about serving the underserved here in southern Africa. With many lessons left to learn, we are optimistic about the work here and look forward to the ongoing care for the patients we've touched and to the the next opportunity to do more. This work would not be possible without the strong participation of so many: from the community health motivators to the surgeons and all in between...everyone had a critical role. I am so appreciative for each and every patient we saw - those we offered surgery and those we couldn't offer anything - they were all so gracious, patient, appreciative and humble...their example gave me an equal desire to be the same. I have some sadness at leaving when there is still so much to do, but pleased at the eye care milestone this team has been able to achieve! Thanks again
to all the TLC team (each and every member), the surgeons who volunteered their time to come share the dream and worked long long hours, the eye institute and my colleagues and staff that make it possible for me to leave to do this work, the community leaders that helped get the patients here, and most of all the amazing patients for teaching me new lessons in life! Yebo!
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