Eye Care Kenya
Past Eye Care Kenya Trips
- Spanda Inc., partnered with a local Rotary Club to raise money for a well for the village. The Clean Water is Medicine Program began and in the Spring of 2010 a well was drilled.
- Introduced an ultrasound machine and trained two staff memebers on how to use it. The machine will help increase maternal and infant outcomes.
- Introduced PlumpyNut to the area. PlumpyNut is a ready -to-use therapeutic food supply made from peanut butter, powdered milk, powdered sugar and vitamins/minerals to help combat malnutrition. It is unique because it does not need refrigeration or water and has a shelf life of two years. When given to severely malnourished children twice a day for four weeks, it can reverse the effects of malnutrition. (You can support the continuation of this project by adopting an "Angel of Comfort Doll").
- On April 10, Spanda, Inc. made it possible for an incinerator to be installed. There was a need for proper disposal of hazardous waste and contaminated needles due to the high risk of HIV/AIDS. The incinerator dramatically lowered the risk of spreading these diseases.
- September 27 through October 8, a team embarked on a second trip to Kenya. During this expedition, Spanda Inc., representatives attended the grand opening of the permanent 24’ by 48’ medical clinic in Kipkaren. The clinic was filled with additional equipment, computers, medical and dental supplies.
- Additional materials and training were provided to Julius.
- In September Spanda Inc., established a permanent clinic in Kipkaren with state-of-the-art equipment and supplies to provide eye exams, prescription glasses and ocular medications. During the first ten-day expedition, the team was able to provide assistance to approximately 300 patients in two Kenyan villages (Eldoret and Kipkaren).
- On behalf of Spanda Inc., Dr. Fitzgerald purchased a satellite and satellite feed for the native residents of Eldoret to facilitate communications with U.S. health care providers. This equipment has been vital in providing assistance with diagnoses for eye exams and to relay information needed to manufacture and ship prescription glasses.
- Native Kenyan Julius was sent, by Spanda Inc., for additional optometry education in Mombasa. He could then provide exams and was seeing almost 15 patients a day.