Clinic Blog: 2011 Gambia Blog
June 27, 2011
Creating a Sustainable Clinic
Sustainability is the capacity to endure. While in The Gambia we are working with SightSavers International to build a sustainable clinic. Here is how it works:
Step One: Sight Savers International has worked with local providers in The Gambia to develop a clinic to provide the EyeCare services. Our OneSight doctors have been working in an oversight capacity this week to ensure the local team is trained on pathology, refraction, etc. Patients receive an EyeExam from a clinic in the towns of Farafenni and Gunjar. The patient receives a prescription and they also receive any treatment or referrals they need to correct diagnosed pathology.
Step 2: The glasses are made for the patients in a brand new lab created by OneSight. While we are in The Gambia, our OneSight team are training local Gambians on the processes and techniques for making glasses to fit the patients’ exact prescriptions. The lab is run by Mama – she has many assistants to help with long term needs of the local population.
When we depart on July 2, we will have helped develop something that is sustainable – the locally trained optometric and lab teams will continue to provide these much needed services for years to come.