For three years now, CVC has been involved with the Malawi School. From building the school, to education, to providing equipment... CVC is there to help!
Thanks to the generosity of Dr. Allan Jones, Malawi was able to build a school that is fully functional, practical and educational. Dr. Jones helped financially, and also in the design of the exam room, waiting room and pre-testing. He also helped acquire equipment for each exam and pre-test room, as well as made sure there was proper equipment in the lab.
Each student upon graduation receives a basic optometry kit, that has all the essential tools to complete an eye exam. This way, they can travel to remote villages and discover patients who are in need of glasses or surgery, then refer them to the school for more testing or extended care.
1st year graduating students
Students can now learn all about optometry, healthy eyes, eyecare as well as the treatments needed and follow up procedures. Frames and lense are also part of the program, as is cutting the glasses and properly adjusting them to fit... All occuring right in this school! Needless to say, visiting doctors from all around the world jumped at the chance to teach these eager students.
What a great way to see the world and give back. Every year, lots of doctors from Canada go and visit the Malawi School to teach student and give back. Thank you for making us feel welcome!
A successful return trip to Malawi was completed this past October with a team of 14 Canadian optometrists, opticians and volunteers. Our team undertook an extensive outreach tour, working with the local optometry students in rural clinics across the country. Our optometrists, opticians and auxiliary volunteers saw over 2,000 patients during the course of the week. Clinical instruction took place at the optometry school in Mzuzu with Canadian optometrists providing teaching expertise and clinical guidance to the optometrists in training. This program is gaining traction with yearly return visits and new graduates from the school beginning to fill the vast need for eye care in the underserved country of Malawi.