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Mission Eyes

Zambia Mission Trips

P. Jeffrey Colquhoun MD has been part of mission trips to the Caribbean, Central America, the Middle East (with Jordan/Palestinian refugees) and Africa. Introduced to Zambia in 2004 by non-profit organization, Friends of Zambia, “FOZ”. Dr. Colquhoun has made a commitment to eye care at the Zimba Eye Clinic ever since. The team is returning January 2016.

FOZ, First Wesleyan Church of Battle Creek, Bellevue First Baptist Church, and International Vision Volunteers have sponsored recent mission projects.

Zambia is a country about the size of Texas situated in south central Africa with a population of 12 million. The country is challenged by poverty and disease, with an HIV/AIDS rate of 17%. The average life expectancy in Zambia is 38 years of age. There are only about a dozen ophthalmologists in the country, with few performing surgery. Cataracts, glaucoma, trachoma and injuries account for treatable blindness in many Zambians.

In a typical week at the Zimba Clinic, about 200 surgeries are performed, 1,000 patients are screened for eye problems, hundreds of medications are prescribed, and several hundred pairs of glasses are dispensed using the Kendall Optical System. One of our longstanding patients, Mercy Muzumara, was blinded by Steven Johnson Syndrome , had a Keratoprosthesis with a corneal donor tissue in Boston, MA in 2011 is now seeing 20/25. You can download a Mission Eyes brochure for more information.

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In 2012, 55 bikes were donated from the Battle Creek community along with several boxes of bike supplies- tubes, tires, pumps, spare parts, courtesy of Mike Woods at Team Active. The Altrusa International of Battle Creek has collected school supplies and flip flops for Zimba residents as one of their service projects the past few years. All donations are greatly appreciated.

Southwest Michigan Eye Center offers many thanks to community organizations, including the Battle Creek Lions Club and Mission Eyes Foundation of SW MI at the Battle Creek Community Foundation, who provided funding for the Kendall Optical Ministries System. Your assistance will improve the vision of the community of Zimba, Zambia.

You can bring help and hope for a lifetime of vision to many through the Mission Eyes Foundation at BCCF. Your donation can assist residents of Battle Creek in need of sight restoring surgery as well as support mission work from Battle Creek churches traveling to Zambia.

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