Terry once again joins the 20/20 Links program on a mission to tackle preventable blindness
For the past week, Terry Cooper (Volk’s Regional Sales Manager for Europe) has been on a personal charitable mission in Uganda, lending his ophthalmic instrument expertise and Volk equipment to the Vision 2020 Links Programme. The mission team, a group of ophthalmologists from the Royal Free Hospital in London lead by Ophthalmologist Clare Davey, is on a mission to reduce preventable blindness.
This is Terry’s second trip to Uganda, having participated in a 2015 trip to Mulago Referral Hospital in the capital city of Kampala, as well as at Ruharo Eye Centre, in the more remote city of Mbarara. During that trip, Terry brought along the Volk Pictor Plus handheld digital imager, used by the medical team to screen for diabetic retinopathy and examinations under anesthetic of retinoblastoma patients.
On the current, trip, the team has returned to Mulago Referral Hospital for diabetic screening clinics, as well as its pediatric cataract service, and its developing vitreoretinal surgery service. In addition, the team will hold an outreach clinic at the nearby Chances for Children orphanage, conducting eye exams on children who have never had access to this care before.
The Volk equipment Terry will have along to aid in these efforts includes the Volk Pictor Plus for high quality, diagnostic retinal imaging and the new Volk iNview, which uses an iPhone to capture retinal images for general visualization, patient education, referrals and record retention.
Nathan Little, Global Product Manager from Volk’s sister company Accutome, has also joined the team this trip. Nathan will bring a variety of Accutome’s portable diagnostic equipment including the B-Scan Plus, UBM Plus, Pachpen and Accupen. Light weight, portable, and battery- or a laptop-powered, the Accutome equipment is well suited to the mission’s remote locations.
An important addition to this trip is a course on ‘Care and support of ophthalmic equipment’ presented by Terry and Nathan. Eye care equipment in hospitals in low and middle income countries can fall into disrepair and remain unused for long period of time. Often, this is due to lack of training specific to eye care equipment for the engineering staff who look after all of the medical equipment in the hospital. This one day course aims to remedy that situation and make sure that hospitals get the most out of their eye care instruments.
Terry will be sending back dispatches from the field as he’s able and we’ll be documenting his trip. Like Volk on Facebook (LINK), or follow us on Twitter (LINK) or LinkedIn (LINK) to follow Terry’s journey.
Read about Terry’s 2015 mission trip: bit.ly/volkuganda1, bit.ly/volkuganda2, bit.ly/VolkUganda3.