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Published: August 22nd 2015
Oklahoma City, OK (Aug 22, 2015) I'm on my way back to Swaziland...our program there is finally bearing surgical fruit - we'll be launching a new cataract surgery program! I say we, because it has been an immense effort by many and disparate individuals. We are coordinating the whole program with The Luke Commission - a faith-based group that has been engaged in primary care, HIV/AIDS and TB management in Swaziland for a decade. In February this year, my trip focused on "bolting on" a vision screening program, and after three days of clinic we had found over 100 patients blind from cataracts. The need for surgery totally outstrips the local capacity, so we began planning and implementing a manual small incision cataract surgery (MSICS) program which is launching on Monday. Our first guest surgeon is a world-renowned MSICS teacher - Dr. Glenn Strauss
, and then our former DMEI/OU colleague, Dr. Alex Cohen will be joining us for the second week. The TLC team on the ground has been busy modifying space, ordering equipment, training personnel and dealing with operational work flow issues. My role will be to oversee and problem solve as challenges arise - I think it will be daunting to be in an operating room and not operating! 😊 But before we start there's this detail of a flight to Atlanta and a 16 hour flight to Johannesburg - then a five hour van ride to my home for the next few weeks. I'll be gathering pictures and stories!
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