Optometry in Malawi : Education and development
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This project was to contribute in an already existing project at Mzuzu University in Malawi. The optometry school at Mzuzu University is a collaboration between the International Centre of Eyecare Education (ICEE), Optometry Giving Sight (OGS), Sightsavers, Mzuzu University and Malawi College of Health Sciences. There is a dire need of optometrists in Malawi, and this makes the optometry education here worth the effort. We participated in the practical teaching at Mzuzu University, with the main intention to help teach the students in clinical procedures. There are two main aspects with a humanitarian project like this. A great amount of time has to be spent on preparations and fund raising. Still, the part with preparing lectures and teaching is just as important. This is not a project with immediate, measurable results, but hopefully it will play a part in improving the eye health situation in Malawi in the long run.