GRACE VISION PROGRAMME DURING COVID-19 - UPDATE

Grace Vision has been operating during the pandemic. Following guidelines from the National and Eastern Cape Department of Health with whom we have our MOU, we have been operating in a restricted form. As with all state ophthalmology departments, we have been limited to examining urgent and emergency patients in the Grace Vision premises at the Zithulele hospital and the Canzibe Hospital. The following is how operations have proceeded and facilities utilized:

  • We have been phoning patients who require critical chronic eye medication and dropping it off at their clinics for them to collect and spectacles which were not collected or in production during lockdown. This is being done every week to cover the 26 clinics we serve and repeated to continue each month with chronic medication.
  • Our team has been involved in making and distributing of masks for COVID-19 relief and support for the vulnerable community. In addition, they are helping at the hospital gate for screening and triage.
  • Our accommodation units (normally used for surgeons or theatre sisters) have been utilized by the hospital for isolation of personnel who are COVID positive.
  • Schools in the area have been closed for long periods and then briefly open so we are encouraging any urgent needs to be sent to Grace Vision at the hospital and will screen children at the clinics as we are soon starting with our clinic outreach.
  • As the virus will continue for the foreseeable future, we have re-invented how we will operate safely for our patients and staff. We will shortly start our mobile clinic outreach with very strict safety protocols in place. Following expert advice from various medical specialists, there is a detailed protocol of how we will examine patients and how we will maximize patient and staff safety. Patient numbers will have to be less due to sanitising equipment and examination area after each patient. Extensive PPE for staff and social distancing and masks for patients will be ensured.
  • Cataract surgeries will be on hold for a while longer as we await the go ahead from Department of Health ophthalmology.
  • While COVID-19 has changed the world and the way we can operate, but we are thankful that we can now get back to serving the eye care of poor and vulnerable in our rural area.
  • Grace Vision is very thankful to all funders, both corporate and private for the impact that they have had and will continue to have on the poorest and often neglected rural population. We are dedicated to working tirelessly at serving this need to the best of our ability and in the most effective way in all circumstances.

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The Power of Ten ! – A lesson in appreciation.

 

Only Ten Rand????…….. It cost almost half that to mail it to us !!

I received a hand written envelop addressed to Grace Vision recently, with a postage stamp on it. It was from an elderly lady in the city of Durban, and contained a small note, in shaky handwriting, and a crumpled R10 note (about US$0.75). The note read ‘Sorry I can’t give more’.

While my immediate reaction was one of patronising condescension couched in a warm smile and a sincere, yet inappropriate ‘Awwwwwwwwww sweet’, it did not take long for the reality of what I had just received to sink in on various levels and overwhelm me with feelings of appreciation and humility.

1. I was immediately reminded of the biblical account of a widow bringing the equivalent of a quarter of 1 cent into the temple as an offering. Jesus commended her, telling those who scoffed, that this woman had ‘given’ more than everyone else, because she had given a greater percentage of what she had than everyone else. This R10-00 note told me an entire story about the donor’s heart and obedience to give. She will be blessed!

2. I was simultaneously overcome by a sense of frugality. This donation represented a sizable financial sacrifice for this lady in her obedience and prompting to give. However, she sent the money. She could have said to herself ‘What can R10-00 do?’ and not send it. Little did she know that her R10-00 prompted me to immediately think of what steps I can do within our organisation to save money. I got off my chair, walked over to the light switch, and turned it off. The light from the window was enough light for me to work in at that moment. I pledged to ALWAYS make sure all electrical appliances are turned off while I’m not in my office, and also pledged a war on waste throughout our mission organisation!

3. As the shame of my initial patronising reaction turned to excitement at what this R10-00 was doing in my life, I began to think of the many people out there who may be thinking that their R10-00 won’t make any difference in the world. The fact is that 100 people donating R10-00 restores sight to a blind person, 1,000 people donating R10-00 allows a school of 600 rural poor school children to have eyes tested, and 200,000 people donating R10-00 allows an entire poverty stricken rural community to have quality primary eye care, free spectacles and free cataract surgeries for an entire year!

I will be eternally grateful to this donor, for teaching me a valuable lesson in financial appreciation and generosity!

It Only takes R10-00!

Thank you so much!

John Rae – CEO Grace Vision

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GRACE VISION PROGRAMME DURING COVID-19 - UPDATE

Grace Vision has been operating during the pandemic. Following guidelines from the National and Eastern Cape Department of Health with whom we have our MOU, we have been operating in a restricted form. As with all state ophthalmology departments, we have been limited to examining urgent and emergency patients in the Grace Vision premises at the Zithulele hospital and the Canzibe Hospital. The following is how operations have proceeded and facilities utilized:

  • We have been phoning patients who require critical chronic eye medication and dropping it off at their clinics for them to collect and spectacles which were not collected or in production during lockdown. This is being done every week to cover the 26 clinics we serve and repeated to continue each month with chronic medication.
  • Our team has been involved in making and distributing of masks for COVID-19 relief and support for the vulnerable community. In addition, they are helping at the hospital gate for screening and triage.
  • Our accommodation units (normally used for surgeons or theatre sisters) have been utilized by the hospital for isolation of personnel who are COVID positive.
  • Schools in the area have been closed for long periods and then briefly open so we are encouraging any urgent needs to be sent to Grace Vision at the hospital and will screen children at the clinics as we are soon starting with our clinic outreach.
  • As the virus will continue for the foreseeable future, we have re-invented how we will operate safely for our patients and staff. We will shortly start our mobile clinic outreach with very strict safety protocols in place. Following expert advice from various medical specialists, there is a detailed protocol of how we will examine patients and how we will maximize patient and staff safety. Patient numbers will have to be less due to sanitising equipment and examination area after each patient. Extensive PPE for staff and social distancing and masks for patients will be ensured.
  • Cataract surgeries will be on hold for a while longer as we await the go ahead from Department of Health ophthalmology.
  • While COVID-19 has changed the world and the way we can operate, but we are thankful that we can now get back to serving the eye care of poor and vulnerable in our rural area.
  • Grace Vision is very thankful to all funders, both corporate and private for the impact that they have had and will continue to have on the poorest and often neglected rural population. We are dedicated to working tirelessly at serving this need to the best of our ability and in the most effective way in all circumstances.

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