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Haiti-No More Blind Babies

Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP) affects babies born prematurely or less than 32 weeks gestational age. It is a devastating blinding condition and affects babies’ retinas. The retina doesn’t develop normal blood vessels until full term. So babies born prematurely have undeveloped retinas and bad blood vessels grown on top of the retina and detached it, […] → Continue Reading Haiti-No More Blind Babies

Dominican Republic with University of Arizona College of Medical School Students

We examined 315 people in the Dominican Republic recently with the first year medical students http://phoenixmed.arizona.edu/about/news/student-brings-diagnostic-tools-rural-villages This past year, we re-opened our store with a smaller footprint adjacent to our private practice. The store includes artisan products from 34 countries and hundreds of artisans. Through the proceeds, we were able to purchase reading glasses from […] → Continue Reading Dominican Republic with University of Arizona College of Medical School Students

Arizona

We opened our own private practice in our new home state of Arizona, to be a positive “light” to patients who want compassionate care and who want to be part of the fight against global blindness.

Dominican Republic

Our project in the Dominican Republic through the University of Arizona College of Medicine Phoenix relies on volunteer faculty and first year medical students. We combine a humanitarian setting with the opportunity to learn ophthalmology and deliver eye care. The students also deliver primary care and make house calls–just like in the “days of yore.”

Teaching Ophthalmology in Arizona: “See one, do one, teach one”…

“See one, do one, teach one” has been the classic mantra in medicine and teaching new procedures and processes–we talk about having great mentors. I am now moving into that physician role of “mentor” telling students about rounding at the bedside with our peers and having discussion with the patient about “the differential” cause of […] → Continue Reading Teaching Ophthalmology in Arizona: “See one, do one, teach one”…

Fulbright Specialist Program: Training Nurses in Liberia to become Ophthalmic Nurses

In 2017-2018, I was sponsored by World Learning and the US State Department in the Fulbright Specialist Program in Liberia. Wow–A lot of work but so well worth it. We worked with New Sight Eye Center in Paynesville to develop a retina curriculum as part of their certification for ophthalmic nurses. The former President of […] → Continue Reading Fulbright Specialist Program: Training Nurses in Liberia to become Ophthalmic Nurses

Red Rover Photography

Thank you for supporting another venture  https://redroverphotography.com that helps us gather funding for the much needed Virtual Reality Ophthalmology Simulators to advance training eye professionals in low income countries.

Focus on Sub-Saharan Africa

My first trip to Africa ten years ago was truly life changing. No one could possibly imagine all the obstacles to living in an underserved area. Homes were simple mud thatched cardboard box houses, and open sewage flowed between ditches but in the midst lived some amazing people. Broad smiles greeted me from people full […] → Continue Reading Focus on Sub-Saharan Africa

New Executive Director focuses on Sustainable Funding with an Artisan Twist

We welcome Robin Martini as our new Executive Director! She is new to the title, but not our organization. Robin has served as our Global Director and was the previous Director of Artisan Development at 7loaves since 2008. She is the perfect person to help us with our new funding initiatives in Scottsdale, Arizona. As […] → Continue Reading New Executive Director focuses on Sustainable Funding with an Artisan Twist

Emmanuel Cataract

Test Your “Global Smarts”…

Question 1: What’s A Global Health Problem Bigger than Malaria, Tuberculosis and HIV combined?? We know you must be scratching your head a bit. Well it isn’t lice or scabies; it is lack of access to surgery and anesthetic care. Question 2: How many people on the planet earth lack access to safe effective surgery […] → Continue Reading Test Your “Global Smarts”…