Adam Meyers

Giving the gift of sight from South Wales to East Africa

30 Jan 2017 By Adam Meyers

At Halma, we strive to protect life and improve the quality of life for people worldwide. It’s easy to take for granted the quality of medical treatment available to us, and the ease with which we can access that healthcare. We should remember, though, that this isn’t the same everywhere in the world – and people everywhere want improved health and vision.

Eye test at the House of Joy facility in Uganda Ruth Easton and friends

Keeler, one of Halma's Medical sector companies, recently donated ophthalmic equipment to treat over 700 people on a charitable mission to Uganda.

Ruth Easton, an optician from Specsavers in Merthyr Tydfil, spent two weeks at the House of Joy charity school in the Kasala region of the East African country. Along with two friends, she set up and ran a temporary eye clinic to assess and treat the vision of the local people – many of whom had never been able to access that kind of medical technology or expertise before in their lives.

"I was inspired to arrange the trip to Uganda after I met the people who run House of Joy; I knew that I really wanted to do something to support them and their fantastic work," explained Ruth. "As an optician I'm very aware of the importance of having a regular sight tests from a young age and understand that, sadly, not every child has access to eye care services.

"And all this would not have been possible were it not for the kind contributions made by Keeler. So, from myself and from the people of Kalagi, 'weebale' (thank you) for your contribution – they have literally transformed the lives of hundreds of people less fortunate than ourselves!"

Laura Haverley, Keeler's Sales and Marketing Manager, was very pleased to be a part of the project: "We're always very happy to support this kind of charitable work. Eye care and preventing vision loss are critical to overall health and quality of life, and it's great that we can help such a good cause where it is needed most."

This isn't the first time we've seen a Halma company helping in Uganda either - in 2015 we looked at how Terry Cooper from Volk had been helping the Vision 2020 team screen for eye and health problems, and he returned there again last year following the success of the first trip.

Ugandan Eye Clinic says'Thank You'

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