Category Archives: MACOHA
In Nkhoma, I am planning carefully for the next two months as we run up to the end of the year. We will stop working for Christmas, but will be aiming to help as many people as we can for the next two months, and hope to work flat out.
I had a busy day on Tuesday getting all the initial surgical supplies together for the modern phaco cataract surgery machine. I and the staff are very excited about the prospect of introducing this to Nkhoma! Imagine… the country’s first ever permanent modern phaco cataract surgery unit.
On Wednesday I met a wonderful group of CBM supporters from Canada, and we showed them the work here.
We’ve had patients coming from near the lakeshore in Salima the whole of last week and this week. A car every day has been coming full with around 15 patients. We’ve been busy.
Malawi Council for the Handicapped (MACOHA) has a team of field workers in their community based rehabilitation programme. They have spent weeks and months travelling through the Salima District villages screening people, and then bringing them to Nkhoma Eye Hospital throughout this fortnight.
Over a hundred cataract operations have been performed, and after a day or two for each patient in the hospital, a lot of people have left happy.
So I started the day as normal 5am, but this time with no strange animals or creatures in the house. Even my dog Ellie had gone on her weekly walkabout for a day or maybe two. A nice coffee, a beautiful sunrise and some paperwork and emails.
At 8am we had the big staff meeting/indaba to discuss the year ahead, tell everyone an update on Nick’s condition, and tackle any concerns that anyone might have. Was a great time to have everyone together in the same place, and closed with a nice prayer by Church elder Mr Banda.
We saw a few patients, and then lept into a series of meetings with senior staff, tax consultants, drivers, and cataract case finders. Finally we met with Stefan, CBM National Coordinator for Malawi and Dr Ter Haar the Nkhoma General Hospital Medical Director. It was a very productive day and we got a massive amount of issues sorted. I’m not a fan of having meetings for meetings sake, but find it a pleasure to sit down with all the staff and people involved with Nkhoma Eye Hospital, to really hammer out and resolve important issues. A real blessing to be able to do this now, as in 2 weeks time we will start to screen patients in the villages and bring them to Nkhoma for surgery or other help; and that is when we start to get very busy. Looking forward to it.