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I volunteered at the eye clinic on South Africa’s healthcare train – and it made me a better optometrist

In my first stint as a medical volunteer, in August 2018, I travelled to South Africa from the Vision Sciences department at Glasgow Caledonian University to work on the Phelophepa Train – a mobile medical clinic travelling all over the country to provide healthcare in rural areas.

With just one doctor for 5,000 people in these remote areas, the train started as an eye clinic with three coaches in 1994. Later it expanded to a 16-coach operation funded by health and social justice organisation, the Transnet Foundation and the University of Johannesburg’s optometry department. Today, with 40 permanent staff and numerous volunteers it provides…

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