Focus on Malawi

An autorefractor, donated by Focus on Malawi, in use at Ekwendeni Hospital
An autorefractor, donated by Focus on Malawi, in use at Ekwendeni Hospital
Focus on Malawi

Colchester Vineyard works with Focus on Malawi, an informal bunch of friends, and friends of friends (medical and lay), who provide practical support for the development of three eye clinics in Malawi, Africa. The clinics are at Ekwendeni, Livingstonia and Embangweni. In partnership with local clinicians and healthcare managers, Focus on Malawi sends equipment and glasses from the UK, sponsors locals for clinical training, and provides on-going mentoring for clinical staff.

At our Goggle Works parties in Colchester, we sort and measure donated glasses (there’s always plenty to eat and drink to keep everyone going).

We organise visits to Malawi to review progress with hospital staff and managers and to do clinical training. For these trips, we welcome volunteer medical professionals and optometrists, as well as non-medical volunteers (as there are always important support jobs to do).

Read the latest news about Focus on Malawi at our blog here.

In the UK: donated glasses ready for measuring before being sent to Malawi.
In the UK: donated glasses ready for measuring at one of our Goggle Works parties, before being sent to Malawi.
While others wash and sort donated glasses, at this table they’re measuring and recording the 'numbers'.
While others wash and sort donated glasses, at this table they’re measuring and recording the ‘numbers’.
In Malawi: staff sorting glasses (donated and measured in the UK) at Embangweni Eye Clinic
In Malawi: staff sorting glasses (donated and measured in the UK) at Embangweni Eye Clinic
No hospital meals: friends and family cook for in-patients at Ekwendeni
No hospital meals: friends and family cook for in-patients at Ekwendeni
Appropriate technology: collecting hazardous waste at Ekwendeni Hospital
Appropriate technology: collecting hazardous waste at Ekwendeni Hospital
David Gordon Memorial Hospital, Livingstonia, Malawi
David Gordon Memorial Hospital, Livingstonia, Malawi

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