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Kpandai/Wulensi/Salaga, Ghana, February 2013, 2 weeks

Altogether 103 surgeries were performed, most of those were cataract surgeries. About 1/3 of the cataract surgeries were bilateral. The local ophthalmologist and two eye nurses were trained in biometry. We also exchanged experience regarding organization of outreaches, instruments and … Mission Diary

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Ourossogie, Senegal, September 2012, 2 weeks

115 cataract surgeries were performed, about half of them were complicated or on monocular patients. The local ophthalmologist was trained in small incision cataract surgery.  The local eye nurse was trained in surgical assisting and anesthesia. An operating microscope, a … Mission Diary

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Bakel, Senegal, December 2011, 2 weeks

170 surgeries, mainly cataract surgeries were performed. Two local eye-nurses were trained in small incision cataract surgery. Several hundred eyeglasses, mainly reading glasses were distributed.  A direct ophthalmoscope, surgical instruments, implants, sutures and eyedrops were donated to the local hospital.

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Tonga, Cameroon, June 2011, 2 weeks

103 surgeries, mainly for cataracts were performed. Several hundred eyeglasses, mainly reading glasses were distributed.  A local ophthalmologist was trained in biometry. Eyedrops and sutures were donated to the local eye-doctor and eye-nurses. Surgical supplies and 1500$ were donated to … Mission Diary

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Tambacounda, Senegal, January 2011, 2 weeks

183 cataract surgeries were performed. Several hundred eyeglasses – mainly reading glasses – and eye drops were distributed.  A  local eye nurse was trained in a better, cheaper and faster technique for cataract surgery. Two local eye nurses were trained … Mission Diary

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Assin Praso/Adjoube, Ghana, June 2010, 2 weeks

Cataract and ptosis surgeries were performed. Several hundred eyeglasses – mainly reading glasses – and eye drops were distributed. Nearly 2000 patients were screened for glaucoma and those with the disease were referred to the local ophthalmologist. A young local … Mission Diary

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Kedougou, Senegal, March 2010, 2 weeks

Cataract, trachoma and pterygium surgeries were performed; 600 hundred eyeglasses-mainly aphakic and reading glasses – were distributed. The local ophthalmic nurse was trained. Eye-drops, 50 pounds of medications, and surgical supplies, including lots of sutures for trachoma surgery were donated … Mission Diary

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Kumasi, Ghana, August 2009, 1 week

The main focus of this trip was teaching. Lectures were delivered in the teaching hospital Komfo Amokye on various topics of internal medicine and on vascular medicine. The local doctors and technicians were trained on the use of donated medical … Mission Diary

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Dormaa-Ahenkro, Ghana, June 2009, 2 weeks

Cataract and plastic surgeries were performed; several hundred eyeglasses-mainly reading glasses- and eye-drops were distributed. Several hundred patients were screened for glaucoma and those with the disease were referred to the local ophthalmologist. He was trained in a new, faster … Mission Diary

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Kedougou, Senegal, March 2009, 2 weeks

Cataract, trachoma and ptosis surgeries were performed; several hundred eyeglasses-mainly reading glasses- and eye-drops were distributed. The local ophthalmic nurse was trained on the use of ophthalmic equipment and on treatment of endophthalmitis. Eye-drops, medications, and ophthalmic diagnostic equipment were … Mission Diary

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Mati City, Philippines, October 2008, 1 week

Cataract surgeries were performed; a local ophthalmology resident was trained. Medical supplies and medicines were donated to the local hospital.

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Abetifi, Ghana, July 2008, 2 weeks

Cataract surgeries were performed; several hundred eyeglasses-mainly reading glasses- and eye-drops were distributed. Several hundred patients were screened for glaucoma and those with the disease were referred to the nearby hospital. Money, medical supplies and medicines were donated to the … Mission Diary

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Phnom Penh, Cambodia, July 2008, 2 weeks

Internal medicine, vascular medicine, pediatric and urology clinics and AIDS clinics were held for over 1000 patients, lectures were delivered in the local hospital on the same medical subspecialties, the local doctors and technicians were trained on the use of … Mission Diary

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Bakel, Senegal, December 2007, 2 weeks

Cataract and trachoma surgeries were performed; several hundred eyeglasses-mainly reading glasses- and eye-drops were distributed. The local ophthalmic nurse was trained on new ophthalmic surgery techniques and on the use of ophthalmic equipment. Eye-drops, medications (mainly antibiotics), eye-surgery supplies and … Mission Diary

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Donkorkrom, Ghana, July 2007, 2 weeks

Cataract surgeries were performed; several hundred eyeglasses-mainly reading glasses- and eye-drops were distributed. A Nigerian ophthalmology resident was trained on medical ophthalmology, A-scan, and minor ophthalmologic procedures. She also observed many cataract surgeries.

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Phnom Penh, Cambodia, July 2007, 2 weeks

Internal medicine, vascular medicine, pediatric and urology clinics were held for several hundreds of patients, lectures were delivered in the local hospital on the same medical subspecialties, the local doctors and technicians were trained on the use of donated medical … Mission Diary

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Managua, Nicaragua, April 2007, 1 week

Cataract and plastic surgery procedures were performed, eyeglasses and eye-drops were distributed and the local doctors were trained in new eye-surgical techniques.

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From 2007, Right to Sight and Health, Inc. members visited the following countries to render services for the needy:

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Missions completed before the formation of RTSAH, from 2003-2007:

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Abetifi, Ghana, July 2006, 2 weeks

1600 patients were examined and screened for cataract, glaucoma, refractive error and for other eye-diseases. Cataract surgeries were performed. Several hundred eyeglasses-mainly reading glasses- and eye-drops were distributed. A US ophthalmology resident was trained on medical ophthalmology, A-scan, minor ophthalmologic … Mission Diary

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Ocotepec, Chiapas, Mexico, November 2005, 1 week

Over 600 patients were examined and screened for cataract, glaucoma, refractive error and for other eye-diseases. Cataract surgeries were performed. Several hundred eyeglasses-mainly reading glasses- and eye-drops were distributed. Clothing, medicines, school supplies and money was donated to the locals. … Mission Diary

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Donkorkrom, Ghana, July 2005, 2 weeks

Over 1600 patients were examined and screened for cataract, glaucoma, refractive error and other eye-diseases. Cataract and enucleation surgeries were performed; several hundred eyeglasses-mainly reading glasses- and eye-drops were distributed. Money was donated to the local orphanage to purchase a … Mission Diary

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Ocotepec, Chiapas, Mexico, November 2004, 1 week

Over 800 patients were examined and screened for cataract, glaucoma, refractive error and for other eye-diseases. Cataract and minor plastic surgeries were performed. Several hundred eyeglasses-mainly reading glasses- and eye-drops were distributed. Medicines, clothing, school supplies and money were donated … Mission Diary

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Ocotepec, Chiapas, Mexico, April 2004, 1 week

Over 700 patients were examined and screened for cataract, glaucoma, refractive error and for other eye-diseases. Cataract and minor plastic surgeries were performed. Several hundred eyeglasses-mainly reading glasses- and eye-drops were distributed. Medicines, clothing, school supplies and money was donated … Mission Diary

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Ocotepec, Chiapas, Mexico, August 2003, 1 week

Over 800 patients were examined and screened for cataract, glaucoma, refractive error and for other eye-diseases. Cataract and minor plastic surgeries were performed. Several hundred eyeglasses-mainly reading glasses- and eye-drops were distributed. Medicines, clothing, and school supplies were donated to … Mission Diary

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Ocotepec, Chiapas, Mexico, March 2003, 1 week

This was our very first mission. A slit-lamp and an operating microscope was transported to Ocotepec and set up for use. Over 600 patients were examined and screened for cataract, glaucoma, refractive error and for other eye-diseases. Cataract surgeries were … Mission Diary

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