A recent New York Times article, A Simple Way to Improve a Billion Lives: Eyeglasses, highlights a global need: eye care. As Madeleine Albright said, the “lack of access to eye care prevents billions of people around the world from achieving their potential, and is a major barrier to economic and human progress”.
The AFJ and Cornerstone Jamaica recently staged a three-day Optical Clinic in Rose Town, Jamaica (April 15-18, 2018). The team conducted pre-screening, comprehensive eye examination and glasses fitting.
One hundred and twelve (112) children were screened and examined in total. Glasses were dispensed to 50 children on June 10, 2018. 5 children with more severe cases received two pairs of glasses, while 2 children were referred for follow up by a local Ophthalmologist.
Rose Town residents received their glasses on June 10th, 2018.
Support from Cornerstone Jamaica, Rose Town Foundation, Mission of Sight, Rotary Club of Negril, Ministry of Health, LASCO, Island Car Rental, Spanish Court Hotel, AA Uniforms, Both Sides/Power 106 and other local corporate entities was integral to advance this initiative.
The Optical Clinic was held at the Rollins Enterprise Center. AFJ Directors also visited former AFJ grantee, St. Andrew Settlement.
AFJ – Wendy Hart, Amb. Sue Cobb, Amb. Brenda Johnson, Amb. Luis G. Moreno, Sydney Engel, Barron Channer, Michele Rollins, Laura Tanna, Caron Chung, Frances Fulton, Ali Matalon
Cornerstone Jamaica – Gary Robinson, Dr. Katie Connolly, Dr. Elizabeth Murray, Amy Sabella-Malone, Krystal Paige-Robertson, Anika Robinson, Novia Jerry, Emilie Denis, Kimberly Black
Rosetown Foundation – Peter Melhado, Ruth Jankee