Most recently, a pediatric team of 6 including 2 surgeons and 2 anesthesiologists returned to Mombasa, Kenya at the Lighthouse for Christ Mission and conducted a highly successful teaching program.
Previously, One World One Vision visited Mombasa, Kenya for two weeks. Mombasa is the largest port city on the east coast of Africa and is the second largest city in Kenya. The population is approximately 1.5 million, most of whom are Islamic. There are currently four ophthalmologists serving the region; none with formal training in Pediatric Ophthalmology. The region is desperately in need of trained pediatric eye doctors.
The pediatric team consisted of two surgeons (Drs. Lederman and Stager), a pediatric anesthesiologist (Dr. Jeffrey Sherman), and a pediatric intensivist (Dr. Jaime Fernandez). During the visit, the team trained several local ophthalmologists, including Dr. Ibrahim Matende, who serves full time at the Lighthouse for Christ Mission in Mombasa. This facility performs approximately 2000 surgeries per year and provides these services at no cost to its patients.
Our program was truly successful as we screened approximately fifty patients and performed twenty-five pediatric surgeries, all with the involvement of the local ophthalmologists. A valuable exchange of surgical skills and knowledge took place. We look forward to establishing an ongoing relationship with the Lighthouse and leaving behind the skills and knowledge to meet the needs of the community through the hands of Dr. Matende and others.
During our stay, we also had the opportunity to meet with the Chief of Ophthalmology for the country who is hoping to establish more regional and ongoing programs with One World One Vision.
Kevin is a four-year-old Kenyan orphan who lost his parents to HIV. He suffered from exotropia (outward drifting of the eyes) that was causing poor visual development. His caretaker stated that the other kids in the orphanage gave him a hard time about his “funny looking eye” and reported that he had a hard time making friends. The eye muscle procedure we performed took approximately thirty minutes. This corrective surgery has successfully restored normal visual development and will help to keep him from being seen as an outcast.