Postcards from the Field

Training in South Africa

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At the Himalayan Cataract Project, we believe short-term training opportunities and skills transfer programs for ophthalmologists are vital to establishing sustainable high-quality eye care systems. As such, we support education and training opportunities in ophthalmic subspecialties in partnership with institutions and affiliated ophthalmologists in the USA, South Asia, Africa and Europe.

Please enjoy this postcard from the field, taken from reports delivered by HCP Partner and pediatric ophthalmologist, Dr. Kumale Tolesa from Jimma, Ethiopia. Dr. Kumale completed a pediatric observership at the Red Cross Children's War Memorial Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa.

Postmark: May 23, 2019

So far am having a great time here in Cape Town.

Cape Town is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. In fact I [am staying] in one of the sightseeing areas, called, Table Mountain. I enjoy my walk to and from the hospital every day with a beautiful sunrises and sunsets.

The training has been so much fun! My two professors, Dr. Nicola Freedman and Dr. Chris Tinley, love to teach and make sure I learn something everyday even though it is a busy environment. I am seeing many patients with a wide variety of eye conditions.

What makes this training so special is that Dr. Freedman is a pediatric glaucoma specialist and Dr. Tinley also does pediatrics oculoplastics, which I have never seen in my previous trainings.

The examination rooms and operating theater are well organized and there is also a fellow and resident who are making my stay more academic and comfortable. The entire team has been great and gone out of their way to make me feel at home and learn as much as possible.

Thank you HCP team for sponsoring me to come here.

Blessings

Kumale

Postmark: June 17, 2019

I have completed my observership successfully at Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital with Dr. Chris Tinley and Dr. Nicola Freeman and received my certificate before my departure.

During this short-term training, I examined patients and was also able to be involved in management decisions, rather than just watching. I happily recommend HCP to continue working with them.

Thank you HCP team for supporting me and I look forward to our continued work together in Ethiopia.

Blessings,

Kumale

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