Monthly Archives: September 2010


By Dr Will Dean

Sep 30th 2010

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It’s getting hot

Categories: Adult, Blindness, Cataract

The famous ophthalmologist John Sandford-Smith MBE wrote the book on Eye Disease in Hot Climates, and I can see why he chose the title. These last two weeks it has really started getting hot. And dry and windy.

Jacaranda trees are in full bloom, and signify the start of the hot spell of October, before the amazing flame trees blaze across the countryside in November to announce the start of the heavy rains and spectacular electric thunderstorms in December. The regular rains will only begin around Christmas time, but the next few months are among the most incredible in rural Africa. I’ll get some shots of this remarkable change over the next few weeks to show.

We went into a village the other side of Lilongwe on Monday to see a couple of patients that had been to Nkhoma, and others that could come for help. The picture Katrin took was amazing and it really stunned me.