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Guest Blog from Paul: Improving Eye Care in Cazale

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Every month, Lori has a specific teaching focus for the medical team in the clinic, a continuing education to keep knowledge and training up-to-date.  Sometimes, medically trained visitors give presentations to the clinic staff, depending on their areas of expertise.  August has been designated “Eye Month,” and I (Paul C.) have been asked to teach eye care along with a PA student, Hannah (anyone remember the birth of Jesula? http://www.realhopeforhaiti.org/?p=5060).  We have both been blessed to serve at Real Hope in the past, and we would love to be of further service to Lori and her staff in this way.

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Real Hope for Haiti serves a rural community of people who otherwise would not have access to healthcare.  There are many in the community at risk for glaucoma, cataracts, and other eye issues that are very treatable.  With additional training and equipment, the clinic staff would be better able to care for these people.  Hannah and I are preparing several presentations on eye anatomy, types of exams, disease processes, and treatment guidelines.  We have researched the tools we will need and that would be appropriate for the clinic, and would love for you to get involved in meeting this need.

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I know there are many medical people who read this blog, and others who might have access to these supplies.  If any of you would like to donate to this need, please contact Lori through a comment on this post or lori <at> realhopeforhaiti <dot> org.  Hannah and I are learning as well, so if anyone has resources that might help us teach, that would be greatly appreciated as well.

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Below is a list of supplies that we would like to bring down to Cazale.  They may be able to get the meds in-country if it is cheaper.  If you have these items to donate, please contact Lori.  If you would prefer to send funds so that we buy meds and supplies in the US and Haiti, please use the Paypal button at the bottom of this post –OR– send a check made out to “RHFH” with “eye care” in the memo to RHFH, PO Box 23, Elwood, IN  46036.

Donation list:

Fluorescein strips

Tonometry pen

Ophthalmoscope

Eye charts

Pen lights

Wood’s lamp (black light)

Morgan lens

Eye patches

Eye anatomy model

Antibiotic eye drops (erythromycin, gentamycin, tobramycin)

Tetracaine drops

Glaucoma eye drops (prostaglandin analogues, beta blockers, etc)

Atropine eye drops (corneal ulcerations from vitamin A deficiency)

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I have long since been impressed with the love and quality of care that Real Hope offers.  They see a need in a place of particular hurt and they meet it with the grace and joy of Christ. Thank you for your support and prayers for this ministry.

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To donate specifically to eye care, please use the link below:


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