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Africa » Swaziland » Manzini February 13th 2015

February 13, 2015 (Manzini, Swaziland) Harry and Echo Vandewal are the couple that started the Luke Commission (TLC). He is an Internal Medicine-Pediatrics trained physician and she is a surgically trained Physician’s Assistant. They were walking into the airport as we were exiting Customs, so timing was perfect. We weren’t quite sure what the rest of the day entailed, and we climbed into their diesel Toyota Forerunner. They told us we’d be going on location to one of their out reaches, about two hours away. We drove east near the Mozambique border and then turned south to the southeastern corner of Swaziland and followed the border back west to get to our location. Fortunately, they took asphalt roads most of the way, though the first half of the journey the highway was pretty pocked with pot ... read more

Africa » Swaziland » Manzini February 13th 2015

February 13, 2015 (Manzini, Swaziland) King Mswati III International Airport was built with the intent of attracting economic activity to Swaziland. The previous airport (Mastapha) was a quaint, sleepy, small building in Manzini, but it couldn’t handle the larger jet traffic, nor could the runway’s be extended. However the new airport has actually decreased the amount of passenger air traffic in Swaziland because of its remote location (about ½ hour to Manzini) and the ease of getting from Johannesburg to Mbabane (the capital) by ground transport. It looked and functioned like a modern facility, very spacious and hopefully some day will be busier.... read more
SHO Mswati Airport
Aerial View of Swaziland

Africa » South Africa » Gauteng February 13th 2015

February 13, 2015 (Johannesburg, South Africa) We spent the night in the City Lodge Hotel in O. R. Tambo airport which made it more convenient to catch the flight to Manzini. The hotel had a nice breakfast included with the room and after breakfast we walked over to the airport. The check in was in Terminal B and once I got my suitcase checked, and ticket in hand, found our that it left from Terminal A. O.R. Tambo is a large spread out airport so there was a bit of walking involved. Boarding was smooth, the passenger load was light and the flight uneventful – a quick 30 minutes and we disembarked at the new King Mswati III International Airport (SHO) ahead of schedule.... read more

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 » 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 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 » 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) 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) 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
Welcome

North America » United States » Georgia » Atlanta February 12th 2015

Feb 11, 2015 (Atlanta) Met up with the two people from OU , had a snack and now seated in 31J for the long haul across the Atlantic! Next blog will be from Joburg!... read more




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