Martha Mtuma, nurse and co-ordinator of maternal and child health for the Diocese, has devised an effective system of monthly clinics in the various villages. Once a month the children are checed over and monitored for growth and the mothers learn more about nutrition and child care, at the same time.
The nurse in charge of the children’s eye clinic was at the local public school. He checks their eyes for signs of infection or other disease and also the standard vision chart test. This area has a high incidence of Trachoma. Scaring from repeated infection causes eyelashes to turn inward and scratch the cornea, leading slowly and painfully to complete blindness.