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Ghana is nation struggling to provide even basic eye care.  In addition to having too few ophthalmologists for a population of 23 million, almost 30% of Ghanaians are unable to afford healthcare, as they live below the international poverty line of $1.25 per day.

Dr. Mauger and Dr. David Adam, a community faculty member of the Havener Eye Institute, have both conducted trips to the impoverished nation.  April 2009 was Dr. Mauger’s second trip to the St. Theresa Eye Center in Akim Akroso, Ghana.  In 2005 and again in 2009, Dr. Adam traveled to Ghana to volunteer at the Bishop Ackon Christian Eye Center in Cape Coast, where he performed surgeries and trained Ghanian physicians and residents.  He even provided instruction in phacoemulsification (a modern cataract surgical technique) to some of the local ophthalmologists in Tema, Ghana.

“I admire the many people in ophthalmology at Ohio State who have done multiple mission trips over the years” said Dr. Adam.  “Pat Carroll, MD from Dayton made several trips to Ghana with Ohio State residents, and that helped inspire me to go also.  Restoring sight to people who otherwise would not have access to care at any price helps me to get back to the best reasons we all went into ophthalmology.”

The Havener Eye Institute is proud of the faculty and alumni who have volunteered to help out in these developing countries.  Their generosity inspires us all to greater levels of giving.

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