Terry Cooper’s mission trip showcased with his beautiful photography
In April 2015, Volk’s Regional Manager for Europe, Terry Cooper, participated in a 10 day charitable mission to Uganda with the Vision 2020 Links team. A passionate philanthropist and gifted photographer, Terry documented the trip in a series of moving photographs, many of which will be on display at Volk’s AAO booth, #4045. Visitors will have a chance to see his photos, hear about the mission from Terry himself, and if interested, make donations to the International Association for the Prevention of Blindness and the VISION2020 through http://www.givingsight.org/.
The trip included clinics at the Mulago Referral Hospital in the capital city of Kampala, as well as at Ruharo Eye Centre, in the far more remote city of Mbarara. Terry assisted the Vision 2020 Links team and local practitioners in using Volk’s Pictor Plus handheld digital imager to carry out screenings for diabetic retinopathy and examinations under anesthetic of retinoblastoma patients.
Terry documented the work of the team as well as the local sights and people he encountered on his trip. His work, which has also been featured multiple times by The Ophthalmologist (bit.ly/1kHdYFw), provides a glimpse into the heart of the Ugandan people.
During the April mission, the team was able to make a measurable impact on this underserved nation, were rates of childhood retinoblastoma are nearly twice that of the UK. But there is still much work to do globally to reduce preventable blindness. For this reason, Volk will be providing a QR code link to www.givingsight.org for visitors to easily make direct donations to fund this critical work.
Visit Volk at AAO to view the gallery and learn how you can help.
Read Terry’s dispatches from the field here and here: