Grace Vision’s COVID-19 Response

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic Grace Vision’s primary eye care programme to remote clinics in the rural Eastern Cape, has been suspended. The safety of our elderly and compromised patients who are at high risk is of paramount importance. Cataract surgeries are also on hold. Presently, our optometrist, Don Thorrold, attends to urgent and emergency eye care only at our Grace Vision office based on the grounds of Zithulele Hospital.
While it is still unsafe to resume our programme in its entirety, we continue serving our patients who require critical care. Chronic eye medication, as well as glasses, are delivered to local clinics for collection by our patients.
Tackling the COVID-19 pandemic together in this time of need, we have partnered with other NGO’s in the area. Our field staff are assisting with making cloth masks and delivering valuable COVID-19 information, soap, sanitizer, and vegetable seeds to families in the community. Grace Vision’s vehicles, drivers, medical facilities, and accommodation have been made available to the Zithulele Hospital Management should they be required.
We sincerely thank all our corporate and private donors who continue to support us during this challenging season. We look forward to resuming our entire programme as soon as it is safe to do so. 

“AND NOW THESE THREE REMAIN: FAITH, HOPE AND LOVE. BUT THE GREATEST OF THESE IS LOVE” 1 Corinthians 13:13

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67 Cataracts Scheduled To Honour Mandela Day


This week marks Mandela Day in South Africa, and in honour of Madiba, Grace Vision has scheduled 67 free sight restoring cataract surgeries for impoverished communities in rural Eastern Cape.

Dr Claudine Lee from KZN has graciously volunteered her time and skills to perform most of the surgeries from Monday to Thursday, while a surgeon from the Nelson Mandela Academic Hospital will perform surgeries on Friday.

Sadly, this represents the tip of the iceberg, as far as clearing the cataract backlogue in rural Eastern Cape, but with the continued financial support of our donors, Grace Vision will keep working tirelessly to restore sight, dignity and life one person at a time.

Grace Vision provides free high quality primary eye care to the poorest region of the poorest province in South Africa.

The implementation of the Grace Vision Zithulele Centre of eye care excellence has brought a new level of eye care service to the rural community south east of Mthatha. The year 2014 saw the ongoing sustainable outreach into the communities who had lost all confidence in the existence of government eye care procedures.

The number of patients daily who come for eye examinations and treatment has in some cases increased fivefold. We have achieved one of our objectives, which was to re-establish confidence in the community that reliable eye care could be possible.

The year ending December 2015 saw a total of 6,782 patients screened; 2,320 pairs of glasses distributed; more than 4,500 bottles of eye drops were prescribed; 579 cataract patients identified, and 249 cases of cataract surgery performed.

We expect these numbers to increase substantially during the next year as confidence in the government clinic system returns to the region.

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Grace Vision’s COVID-19 Response

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic Grace Vision’s primary eye care programme to remote clinics in the rural Eastern Cape, has been suspended. The safety of our elderly and compromised patients who are at high risk is of paramount importance. Cataract surgeries are also on hold. Presently, our optometrist, Don Thorrold, attends to urgent and emergency eye care only at our Grace Vision office based on the grounds of Zithulele Hospital.
While it is still unsafe to resume our programme in its entirety, we continue serving our patients who require critical care. Chronic eye medication, as well as glasses, are delivered to local clinics for collection by our patients.
Tackling the COVID-19 pandemic together in this time of need, we have partnered with other NGO’s in the area. Our field staff are assisting with making cloth masks and delivering valuable COVID-19 information, soap, sanitizer, and vegetable seeds to families in the community. Grace Vision’s vehicles, drivers, medical facilities, and accommodation have been made available to the Zithulele Hospital Management should they be required.
We sincerely thank all our corporate and private donors who continue to support us during this challenging season. We look forward to resuming our entire programme as soon as it is safe to do so. 

“AND NOW THESE THREE REMAIN: FAITH, HOPE AND LOVE. BUT THE GREATEST OF THESE IS LOVE” 1 Corinthians 13:13

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