Taking to World Sight Day like a Duck to Water!

DIT Mascot Duck Norris helps DIT Optometry students fundraise

17 October 2012: DIT Optometry students and staff donned their white coats on 11 October, World Sight Day, and raised nearly €1000 in aid of Optometry Giving Sight (OGS).

The fundraising is part of the ongoing student engagement activities carried out through the Irish Aid/HEA, DIT funded Mozambique Eyecare Project Through the collaboration of several international partners the project aims to address the problem of avoidable blindness in Mozambique, Lusophone Africa and across developing nations. As a result of fund raising initiatives like that of the DIT Optometry Students, the Eyecare Project has established Mozambique’s first Optometry School in UniLúrio, Nampula, Mozambique. Currently, there are 75 optometry students enrolled in the programme, with the first graduates due in March 2013.

These graduates will be the first optometrists of their country and will deliver affordable eye care and refractive services to people who currently have no access to an eye exam and glasses. By 2015, more than 30 optometrists will have been trained to deliver primary eye care and refractive services to address the needs of the people in Lusophone Africa who currently have no access to eye care.

For more information see www.mozeyecare.org

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