March 15, 2012 (Oklahoma City, OK) We leave for Swaziland shortly after noon local time today. We fly via Delta to Atlanta and then directly to Johannesberg South Africa - a bit of a jaunt! It all comes at a pretty busy time, but looking forward to the adventure, seeing another continent and seeing if we can help make an impact in this poor country. Its a small country just North East of South Africa. It has some noteriety in having the highest prevalence of HIV/AIDS in the world and this has engendered a global call for assistance to the country. Part of the broader team we're traveling with will be focused on that aspect of care. Our work will focus on helping the country's only ophthlamologist plan and establish resources to improve eye care services there. We anticipate some clinics, surgery and teaching will be done...though I usually find I learn more than I teach! More soon - we have four hour layover in Atlanta!
Ophthalmologist joining a medical team providing clinical care and academic exchange programs in Asia, Africa and Latin America to support development of blindness prevention programs including clinical care, educational exchanges and research activities - coordinated through a team of amazing eye care professionals in government, academic, private practice and international non-governmental organization (INGOs) settings across the globe. All in the pursuit of eliminating avoidable blindness and vision loss. ... full info