eyeDOCS is very happy to sponsor our very own Dr. Kristel Jefferies on her upcoming trip with the Ghana Rural Integrated Development (GRID) charity.
Since 2010, I have participated in four similar optometric mission trips to the countries of Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras. During each of these trips, I have participated in providing eye care to over 1000 local community members who were in need. My past experiences have inspired me to continue contributing to the global health care community. I believe that optometric and medical humanitarian initiatives are a great way for me to use my knowledge and expertise to help others.
Once again, I am incredibly excited to have the opportunity to go on a humanitarian mission to provide eye care to the Ghanaian community. On November 6th, 2015 I will be departing Ottawa to travel to Accra, Ghana for a 16 day humanitarian mission with the Ghana Rural Integrated Development (GRID) charity.
I will be traveling with a team of family medical doctors, surgeons, dentists, nurses, pharmacists and other optometrists to provide comprehensive health care to Ghana’s local citizens. As a part of the optometric team, we will be providing ocular health exams, treatment for glaucoma, diabetic counselling, dry eye management, refractive correction (glasses and laser vision correction) and much more. These services, which are standard and accessible to most Canadians, can be life changing to poverty stricken communities.
GRID was founded by Canadians in 1983 and has worked tirelessly to improve the lives of the poor in Northern Ghana. GRID is partnered with the Northern Empowerment Association (NEA) to improve the quality and quantity of food available, install of water wells to provide clean drinking water, to increase the accessibility of education for youth, and to provide women’s education and agricultural programs.
I am greatly appreciative for all the support I have received from my family, friends and colleagues toward this endeavour. With the help of eyeDOCS and many others, I was able to raise over $4200 toward this incredible cause. In addition to financial support, I have received much advice and words of encouragement which have also been of great value.
Thank you for all of the support. I look forward to sharing stories of my experiences and photos when I return.
Dr. Jefferies completed her degree in Biochemistry, graduating with Highest Honours, in 2008 at the University of Guelph. In 2013, she completed her doctorate degree at the University of Waterloo, School of Optometry and Vision Science, where she received the Reginald Williams Memorial Scholarship for Academic Excellence and the W. Ross Andrews Prize for Clinical Optometry. For more information about Dr. Jefferies and her specialized interests relating to optometry, click here.