Mozambique Eyecare Project Summer Workshops in Nampula

23rd August 2012: Claire McDonnell, Declan Hovenden and John McGann, Optometry DIT, travelled to UniLurio, Nampula, Mozambique to deliver workshops on modern topics in optometry to the UniLurio Optometry Faculty from 11th-18th July 2012, as part of the Mozambique Eyecare Project*.

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John McGann performs Biomicroscopy on a patient, observed by Carlos Sanchez-Seco, Manuel Neto and Maria Joao Lourenco.

The first optometrists will graduate from UniLurio in December 2012. They have just entered their final semester (July – November), which focuses on clinical skills and research. Following discussions between UniLurio, International Centre for Eyecare Education (ICEE) and DIT, earlier in the year, it was agreed that workshops in more advanced clinical skills would be offered to the faculty in July 2012, just prior to the commencement of this semester. This was the first workshop series carried out during the Mozambique Eyecare Project. Declan Hovenden observed that “The DIT group were warmly welcomed and were shown great hospitality by Vivien and the optometry faculty and the workshops were conducted in an atmosphere of collegiality.”

Workshops were delivered on a broad range of topics: Binocular Indirect Ophthalmoscopy; Advanced Slit Lamp Techniques; Goldmann Applanation Tonometry; Gonioscopy; Corneal Topography Interpretation; Insertion of Punctal/Intra-canalicular Plugs and Lacrimal Syringing; Ocular Foreign Body Removal

Claire McDonnell was very enthusiastic about the success of the trip “We three lecturers were very impressed with the UniLurio staff. Aside from their optometry skills we were also blown away by how kind and welcoming they were to us.” For more information and photos on this recent trip please visit Claire’s blog here.

670 million people are blind or vision impaired simply because they cannot get the glasses they need. The Mozambique Eyecare Project partners aim to provide a sustainable solution to the problem of avoidable blindness through optometric education. Fortunately there are a growing number of optometry schools in developing countries, the quality of optometric education is a key to the success of these schools. “This model of clinical workshop delivery generally worked very well and could potentially be used for similar missions to other developing optometry programmes in the future”. John McGann

*The Mozambique Eyecare Project is a cross institutional collaboration, funded by Irish Aid, DIT and ICEE, which has established Mozambique’s first optometry school in UniLurio, Nampula, Mozambique. There are currently 71 students enrolled in the UniLurio four year Optometry Degree programme. For more information and to view a short documentary about the project click here

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Claire McDonnell performs lacrimal syringing on Silvia Escobar, observed by Maria Joao Lourenco

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DIT and UniLurio Optometry Faculty at the Optometry Clinic, UniLurio, Nampula, Mozambique
Back From Left :Silvia Escobar, Carlos Sanchez-Seco, John McGann
Front from Left: Manuel Neto, Maria Joao Lourenco, Vivien Ocampo, Claire McDonnell, Declan Hovenden

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