A passion for care and community

Woman examines the eye of a female senior with a small light.
As a community health nurse, Felicia is a trusted leader in her community. Thanks to her primary eye care training, she’s now able to take the care she provides to the next level.
Written by Colin Zak, published on September 8, 2023 Sign up for eNews

Our global team of more than 2,000 community health workers are our first point of contact with many communities. That’s why they need to have the right mix of training and passion.

For 37-year-old Felicia from Obrachire, in southern Ghana, seeing how prescription eyeglasses made it possible for her own daughter to read helped fuel her passion for delivering eye care in her community.

“Due to my daughter’s story, I really love to screen schoolchildren, so I can help identify the eye conditions they may be having and assist them before it becomes too late,” she says.

“I find satisfaction in detecting eye problems in people and assisting them to get the treatment they need.”

Woman stands at the front of a classroom holding a desplay with various eye conditions, as students look on.
Felicia says one of her favourite activities is conducting eye health screening and health education at schools in her community.

Felicia works as a community health nurse, and since receiving additional training in primary eye care, she now provides eye health screenings, education and referrals for people in her own community.

We recruit and train health workers like Felicia in our communities of work across South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, who not only provide eye care, but also health assessments and health education to others in their own community.

When it comes to overall health and well-being, eye health is often the missing piece of a much larger puzzle. Felicia says the training she received from Operation Eyesight is helping her transform the care she provides to her neighbours.

“I can now give my community members an in-depth education on eye health when I go for home visits,” she explains.

“I love to see people in good health. I am passionate about helping the sick to recover.”

Thank you for your compassion and dedication, Felicia!

With files from Dora Ewusi.

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