Namibia Economist (Windhoek)

Namibia: Eye Tests for Orphans

The Christina Swart — Opperman Aids Orphan Foundation Trust is running a series of eye-testing clinics for orphans and vulnerable children.

The aim of the clinics is to re-identify children with very poor eyesight who may need an operation or spectacles.

"Children's unnoticed eye problems can often cause great difficulties in school as well as with participating in sporting activities," Dr Christina Swart-Opperman, the trust's founder, said.

Well known surgeon, Dr Helena Ndume, and Dr Stuart Super, an optometrist, will be helping 80 children to live a better life and help discover potentially chromic eyes diseases which can be treated.

The Family of Hope Sanctuary will have 11 of its children tested. Orlindi's Place of Safety will have five, Bishop Kameeta Kindergarten five, while Olof Palme Primary School will provide the largest number, which is 91 children.

Dr Swart-Opperman said in order to give sufficient attention to all the children, the clinic will be spread over a period of two weeks where groups of 25 children will be tested at a time.

This year's clinic is a follow-up from last year's successful one which helped a great number of orphaned children. Last year, a total of 80 orphans and vulnerable children had their eyes tested over the course of the programme.

Methealth and Namibia Medical Care are the programme's main sponsors.

"The Board of Trustees and all the children would like to express their appreciation towards the sponsors, Dr Ndume and Dr Super for their time and compassion towards the children," Dr Swart-Opperman said.

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