Club Member Grant Hannaford – Greetings from Nepal

Grant Hannaford Nepal Eye Camp

Hi Allen

Just touching base to let you know how the trip is progressing. So far we have seen about 6000 patients in the last seven clinic days. The team is bonding well and working hard. I have attached a picture of us setting up for work last Friday, it gives a really good idea of an average worksite for us.

The trip is, as always, very mobile having covered over 500km in our travels so far. It may not seem impressive but the average speed is around 20km/h due to landslides and flood damage and the vehicles do struggle with the terrain.

After tomorrow’s clinic we start the journey home which takes about four days. Along the way I will be stopping in at Banepa to have a look at the hospital, which is due to be opening in January. We are also starting talks about a new project which I am hoping to kick off as a subset of the eye camps work. The University of New South Wales School of Optometry and I are organising to take six final year students to work in the hospital next July, they will stay for up to one month and help out with testing and assisting surgeons. I am also talking to the head optometrist from the School of Optometry at Flinders University to see if we can get them to participate as well. If we can pull it together it will give the local staff access to the most recent training and education.

I hope that this finds you well and please pass on my best regards to the rest of the Club.