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An Optometrist is needed at the Good Shepherd Eye Clinic in Siteki, Swaziland, Africa.

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The Good Shepherd Eye Clinic in Siteki, Swaziland, is in need of an Optometrist!

Good Shepherd Eye Clinic seeks to reveal the light and love of Christ into the eyes of the blind in Swaziland. We do this by revealing Christ and by offering an excellent and comprehensive eye service to all people regardless of their nationality or means. We intentionally seek out those living in poverty and needlessly blind. We place great value on good clinical practice, training of medical professionals and operational research. We have a history of innovation in the face of difficulties and experience has nurtured a strong urge for self-sufficiency. Humility, Excellence and Love are qualities we strive for.

Our goal is to eradicate cataract blindness by 2020!

Some Facts about Eye Care in Swaziland:

Swaziland is a country of 1.3 million people:

  • Cataract: 5000 cataract BLIND, 20 000 operable
  • Glaucoma: 10,000, many blind
  • 180 Children blind, (n= Cataract and Glaucoma 36, ROP 45, Scar 4, Others 95 according to WHO extrapolations)
  • Diabetic Retinopathy: n= 8000, Needing Laser per year: n=500

In 2003, the Good Shepherd Hospital did a community rapid assessment of Cataract blindness in the Kingdom and found the following:

  • Cataracts cause 50% of all blindness.
  • Only 20% of cataract blind have had surgery.
  • The principal barriers to accessing surgery are lack of money and lack of understanding.

** Want to learn more? Dr Trevor Kerr's 7-month experience in Swaziland with Jono Pons is documented in an insightful article he wrote for SA Ophthalmology Journal.  You can click on the link below to read it:  
http://www.specialistforum.co.za/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/OSSA-Vol10-No4Kerr.pdf

NOTE: The official languages of Swaziland are: English, Swati, South African English.  So there is no need to learn another language!

About the Good Shephard Eye Clinic
The Good Shepherd Eye Service was started in 1998 by Dr Jonathan Pons, in partnership with the Good Shepherd Hospital and CBM. We have helped restore sight to thousands of blind people, regardless of their ability to pay.

As a small and dedicated team of one ophthalmologist and 6 ophthalmic nurses, we offer a comprehensive service, operating on 1,200 and treating 16,000 patients each year.

Our model includes a sponsorship scheme for the poorest patients meaning that everyone who attends a clinic can be treated and no-one is turned away. As a result, large numbers of poor people seek attention from the Eye Service.

The Good Shepherd Eye Service aims to look beyond its own needs and contribute to the global VISION 2020: The Right to Sight global initiative. We do this through our Training programme, VISION 2020 Links and our Research and Publications.

Located near the eastern border of Swaziland in Siteki, the Good Shepherd Hospital is a 125-bed rural hospital run by the Catholic Diocese in partnership with the Government. The Board governs the hospital and the Bishop acts as patron. GSH is the sole hospital responsible for the health care of the Lubombo Region, making up around 1/3rd of the land area of Swaziland. The catchment area comprises of 250,000 people predominantly from the rural community. In addition GSH is the referral hospital for the sugar plantation company hospitals and the private clinics throughout the region. The hospital also oversees the running of 20 rural clinics.

 

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