Monday, 13 May 2013

Land Rover story...

One of my responsibilities here at Zithulele is to ensure our two Land Rovers are maintained in good running order. This includes regular fluid checks, a vehicle distance record sheet, and ensuring that they are stocked with necessary spare parts and supplies. A few days ago I wrote a little piece on the importance of these vehicles. I hope you enjoy it!

The Mercy Vision Zithulele Eye Care Project is based at Zithulele Mission Hospital in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa. This project partners with Mercy Ships Southern Africa, the Jabulani Rural Health Foundation, and the Eastern Cape Department of Health in bringing cataract surgeries and high-quality eye care to this region.

Key to ensuring that this successful operation continues are the two Land Rover Defenders used by the team. Tarzan and Jane, as they are affectionately called, are able to reach places inaccessible to normal vehicles. This includes rural healthcare clinics where eye tests and screening are undertaken by the Mercy Vision team. Cataract surgeries are scheduled at the Zithulele Mission Hospital and appointment cards are handed out.

Without the Land Rover Defenders, the team would not be able to successfully continue their work of ensuring that eye problems become history.

© 2013 Murray Tristan Crawford

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