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Africa » Swaziland March 19th 2013

March 19, 2013 (Siteki, Swaziland) Located on the eastern edge of Swaziland, Mabuda Farms almost at the Mozambique border in the Lobamba mountains. The farm is the Pons’ homestead and is also our “home away from home” during our stay here in Swaziland. This lush area of the Middlefelt was just high enough to protect earlier settlers from malaria. It overlooks the fertile Lowfelt fields with some spectacular views. Mabuda Farms is an oasis that hosts guests in a “bed and breakfast” format, but really is more than that. Its fields of crops, beehives, orchard, pastures in addition to a grand old main homestead, it has many smaller “duplex” cottages that host 8 people. The Green Shed hosts guests for meals and there are countless paths through the woods, pastures, and gardens. Spectacular sunrise and sunsets ... read more
Mabuda Guest House
Lobababo Mountains
Mabuda Guest House

Africa » Swaziland March 19th 2013

March 19, 2013 (Siteki, Swaziland) Part of the local Nazarene mission in this area is to serve the very down and out through an HIV Task Force. Led by women leaders in the community, this group of women reach out deep and far into local communities to find the poorest suffering from hunger, disability and disease (largely HIV and TB related condition) and brings encouragement, medicines and food to these needy and underserved. We are here in conjunction with a 30 person choir delegation from the Bethany Nazarene Church here on an “AIDS Awareness” musical tour. Yesterday we broke out into six teams, and paired with the local HIV representatives, we packed medical, food supplies and toys for kids to take out to these needy homes. We each were assigned different areas and set out in ... read more
Team 5 visiting an HIV+ household
Young Child with Cerebral Palsy
Elderly HIV+ patient

Africa » Swaziland March 19th 2013

March 19, 2013 (Siteki, Swaziland) The team that has come to visit Dr. Pons here in Swaziland includes five of us from Dean McGee Eye Institute: Dr. Brad Farris is a neuro-ophthalmologist who has been leading international work for DMEI for over a decade. Dr. James Simonson is the director of anesthesia at the McGee Eye Surgery Center and has come along to help advance, develop and support anesthesia efforts at both RFM Hospital in Manzini and Good Shepherd Hospital in Siteki. Two DMEI senior residents: Drs. Jacquelyn Jetton and Drew Bailey are here as part of the residency’s annual international ophthalmology trip. Dr. Jetton will be continuing on in international ophthalmology through a new fellowship in Global Eye Care at DMEI and will be spending two more months here in Africa next year. Dr. Bailey ... read more

Africa » Swaziland March 19th 2013

March 19, 2013 (Siteki, Swaziland) Swaziland is a monarchy, in the truest sense. The King Mswati III of Swaziland’s birthday is a national holiday. Each year it is held in one of four regions and this year it is in Siteki. We’re witnessing preparations for the king’s celebration seeing an upgrade to roads he’ll travel on (they are being converted from rut-filled rocky paths to paved blacktop) and celebration fair grounds that will host the people during the celebrations. On our tour of Good Shepherd Hospital at around 5 PM we heard this wonderful choir singing African acapella and discovered the nursing staff practicing for the King’s visit. Amazingly beautiful and engaging, we couldn’t resist but to enter the hall where they were practicing to enjoy their energetic and enthusiastic singing. A real highlight treat.... read more

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Stellenbosch March 16th 2013

March 16, 2013 (Stellenbosch, RSA) After the OSSA meeting, we took some time to tour the country side around Cape Town and visit the town of Stellenbosch. It is an old Dutch town (founded in 1679) where the University of Stellenbosch is located in the foothills of the very beautiful mountain foothills with vineyards and olive groves lining the highways. We stopped for a meal at one of the larger wineries and had a lovely time. We were joined by Tim and Viv - a very entertaining couple from Sunderland, UK. Tim is a retinal specialist that has spent some time with Dr. Pons in Swaziland and is actively helping him improve medical retina services there. He and his wife are hilariously funny and a real blast to have on a day trip. Off to Johannesburg ... read more
Highway to Stellenbosch
The Motley Crüe
Dinner Served

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Cape Town March 16th 2013

March 16, 2013 (Cape Town, RSA) - This is the 43rd National Congress of the Ophthalmological Society of South Africa and is being held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre – a very nice facility in downtown Cape Town. The program includes sessions for ophthalmologists (lectures and posters), mangers, optometrists, ophthalmic assistants and ophthalmic nurses. There is an international panel of speakers from Canada (Steve Ashinoff), England (Geoff Rose, John Salmon, Susan Downes, Frank Larkin) and the US (Janet Davis). The ophthalmologists program included 11 sessions, 3 symposia (femtolaser cataract surgery, excimer laser surgery, patient satisfaction cataract surgery) and 5 workshops (Wavelight workshop; Oculus Pentacam; Retinal Diseases; AMD and VEGF agents). South Africa has about 340 ophthalmologists and many attendees/participants are from other areas of Afri... read more

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Cape Town March 15th 2013

March 15, 2013 (Cape Town, RSA) We speak (and sign) of windy and variable weather conditions in Oklahoma, but I suspect Cape Town could give us a run for the money. We've had highly variable weather conditions here - most of it quite pleasant, but very different each day. Day one we had the south easter winds blowing. We went on a tour of the peninsula and getting out to get a view off one of the cliffs, a gust of wind blew the glasses off one of our colleagues and blew them from the car over the cliff never to be found. Day two was more ideal - clear blue skies, calm and clear, but very warm. Today was overcast, foggy, dew on the ground and misting on and off in the mid day. The ... read more

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Cape Town » Constantia March 15th 2013

March 15, 2013 (Cape Town, RSA) Today we started quite early to try and get to the meeting's 8 am sessions. Somehow our plans were dashed by the heavy traffic this morning, so we had a slow ride in to the convention center and missed some early talks. We are staying in Constantia, a suburb of Cape Town, and we drive in each morning with Dr. Pons who is staying about half a mile up the road with family. The weather here has been very different every day - this morning was overcast, low lying clouds and quite a bit cooler than yesterday. We had an early breakfast at the B&B and then spent a good hour in the car. We used the time to have many discussions with Dr. Pons or "Jono" as he's called. ... read more
Breakfast Outdoors
Breakfast is Served
Artwork in the Convention Center

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Cape Town » Constantia March 14th 2013

March 14, 2013 (Cape Town, RSA) A little more about the early morning walk. Dr. Pons is an avid outdoorsman with an eclectic knowledge of the environment around us: flora, fauna, history and the geography of the Cape. Morning walks with him are a great learning experience for us. He took us through the area around his father-in-laws house that has many vineyards on the hillsides - all in full harvest. We sampled a few very sweet grapes on our trek. It included a spectacular sunrise view of a historic Dutch farm laid out with a long promenade entrance with a boulevard of oaks lining the driveway opening to this classic Dutch white washed farmhouse. I took a GoPro camera attached to a chest harness that I wore, and made my first time-lapse movie of the ... read more
Sunrise Over the Vineyards
Sneaking a few Grapes
In the Vineyards

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Cape Town » Constantia March 14th 2013

March 14, 2013 (Cape Town, RSA) - Today was registration and day one of the Ophthalmology Society of South Africa's Annual meeting, so we had an early start and a late finish...a full day. We started off the day with a nice long walk through the vineyard country. We are in a suburb area of Cape Town called Constantia, and it is very close to where Dr. Pons is staying with his father-in-law. His back yard leads into a wonderful set of vineyards and a national historic park of an old Dutch farm settled in the 1600's. The morning was warm, clear and sunny. Shortly after sunrise, we set out for an hour long treck through the hills, vineyards and saw the crews in full harvest mode. After breakfast and a quick shower, we headed into ... read more
The Breakfast "nook"...poolside
OSSA Meeting in Convention Centre
BKF with Desmond




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