Timor-Leste is one of the poorest countries in Southeast Asia with more than 80% of its population reliant on subsistence agriculture. Reading glasses are only available in the capital Dili.
Laclubar is a difficult to reach rural area high in the mountains of East Timor. Most people live in the surrounding farming villages which often have no roads, only walking paths. The majority of houses are traditional.
The newly built community clinic in Bora.
Dr Miguel from the clinic administers a test for short-sightedness (myopia). Dr Miguel recently finished medical studies in Cuba on stipend by the Cuban government. He now presides over a clinic with almost no furniture and very little equipment.
According to WHO reports over 500 million people in the developing world could have their vision restored with a simple pair of reading glasses, but most of those people do not have access to them.
These glasses allow people such as teachers, tailors, carpenters, shopkeepers, weavers and artisans to once again practice their professions.
The ability to see clearly has a direct impact on people’s lives, restoring them as productive members of their community.
Something so simple as pair of eyeglasses can have a huge impact on a persons life.
Dr Miguel's clinic did not even have a stethoscope. Luckily we could help with a new one and much more.
The Vega team also delivered a comprehensive midwife kit full of medical supplies to midwife Ana in Bora.