Perth Eye Hospital helped local charity Cosmos HealthCare send another primary health team to Zimbabwe in September, donating medical supplies for rural communities in need.
Cosmos HealthCare is a small, Perth-based organisation with a vision to help partners in the developing world build well-managed, sustainable health projects that help people to improve their own health and well-being.
Encouraged by Ophthalmic Nurse, Debbie Hughes – who is a key volunteer at Cosmos HealthCare – Perth Eye Hospital has been donating vital supplies to the charity since 2015.
Debbie volunteers at least two days a week for Cosmos HealthCare and was instrumental in coordinating the logistics for the charity’s latest three-week trip. And while she has travelled with Cosmos teams to Zimbabwe on the past four trips, Debbie took a well-earned break this time.
Perth Eye Hospital CEO, Andrea LeGuier, said the Hospital was thrilled to support Cosmos HealthCare by donating syringes, needles, gauze, gel, dressing pads, Bactol, gloves, detergent wipes, oxygen tubing and dressing packs.
“Our organisation has a long history of helping others through our Eye Hospital Foundation and we are equally committed to supporting our staff with any volunteering efforts, particularly for health-related activities,” she said.
“We also recognise the privileges that are afforded to us in healthcare in Australia and are keen to assist, when we are able, to improve the healthcare of others.”
Cosmos HealthCare Executive Director, Jason James, said during this latest visit to Zimbabwe, the team would conduct 12 health clinics in various rural communities.
“Our teams usually attend to between 120 to 150 patients per day, treating a variety of issues including respiratory tract infections, skin issues, eye problems, gynaecological issues, blood pressure management and HIV management,” he said.
“Some are also sent for higher level treatment and surgery.”
Mr James said Cosmos HealthCare currently sends two primary health teams to Zimbabwe for three weeks at a time each year. These teams directly assist 1,200 to 1,500 people with treatment and health education per trip and many more are impacted indirectly.
For more information, or to donate to Cosmos HealthCare, visit www.cosmoshealth.org.