Stichting MORI

Medical Ophthalmic Research Investigation

Korenstraat 6

9712 LX GRONINGEN - HOLLAND

 


St. MORI

ANNUAL REPORT

***PROGRESS***

DECEMBER 2003

Groningen

 


CONTENTS:

* INTRODUCTION

* ACTIVITIES OF MORI

a- IN THE NETHERLANDS

b- ABROAD

*CONCLUSIONS

 


Medical Ophthalmic Research Investigation (MORI)

Is a public benefit, non racial, non dominational, non religious and non political foundation. It is working for eye care, blinds, partially sighted and visually handicapped people in assistance and help.

Medical Ophthalmic Research Investigation (MORI)

Emphasizes a self-running through supplies (medicines, medical, para medical and optical equipments and systems). It offers service, help and information for a better way of life especially (among others) in the field of eye care, clinical optics and investigative ophthalmology for blinds and visually impaired population in addition to social improvements by promoting and starting practical opportunities.

Medical Ophthalmic Research Investigation (MORI)

Is founded to give ophthalmological/optical service and eye care assistance to raise the standards of eye/vision welfare system. Collaboration with local and international bodies of same/similar and/or related activities and fields is a fundamental objective. This might be achieved by carrying out joint works, research projects, mutual meetings (on different levels) to exchange ideas experience and improve performance in Ophthalmic fields. Diabetes and Diabetic Retinopathies, Neuro-Ophthalmology, Paediatric Ophthalmology and Visual/Optical Rehabilitation are objective activities locally and abroad as needed especially in developing countries in Africa and countries in need world-wide. MORI-projects are designed on yearly basis with possible extension to another period depending on resources.

Medical Ophthalmic Research Investigation (MORI)

Creates an umbrella for collaboration, contacts, combine projects and joint work with other associations, organizations and clubs as well as other figures of same/similar goals both national and international.

 

CONTACT and ADVISORY PERSONS

Voorzitter/Chairman (Ophthalmologist) : Dr. A. F. Hassan (MD, PhD)

Boekhouder/Treasure : Mr. H.J. Kral,

Oogheelkundig Adviseurs/Ophthalmic/Optical Advisors : Mr. A.F. Hansbroek and Mr. J. Vriend.

Medical-Technics Adviseur/ Medical-Technical Advisor : Mr. J. Beste.

 


ANNUAL REPORT

***PROGRESS***

G R O N I N G E N, DECEMBER 2003

 

 

INTRODUCTION

Working in a stichting (foundation) requires a lot of administration, efforts and, sometimes, physical work to drive between different locations to bring and load/unload given materials. Mr. Henk Kral, St. MORI secretaris, has shown a lot of the mentioned.

Various types of contributions in St. MORI-activities, have been supported by many advises and ideas suggested by Mr. Hansbroek (OogMerk Optics-Groningen), Mr. Vriend (Vriend Optics-Groningen), Mr. Beste (Ootech-lamires-Niewegein) Mr. Pop (Kompleet Optics-Apeldoorn), Pearle Optics-Amersfoort, Mrs. Inke (Eye wish Optics-Groningen), and Dr. Ensink, Ophthalmologist (Isala-Kliniken-Zwolle). Their contribution has made St. MORI-activities possible and the objectives achievable.

St. MORI-activities include Para-Medical, Medical/Ophthalmological and Optical help and service (and medications/glasses supplies upon availability) in developing countries. These activities are designed on world-wide scale taking the Netherlands as a base for support. Therefore sponsoring and material necessary to realise St. MORI-objectives have to be reached by applying/appealing to different resources locally and abroad.

St. MORI offers its help and service to the needy on non-dominational, non-racial, non religious and non-political basis. In order to raise the standards of the health (eye) welfare system St. MORI-activities and St. MORI-objectives are open to individuals, institutions, foundations and other bodies of similar activities and objectives. St. MORI creates an umbrella for collaboration, contacts, combined projects and work with other associations, organizations and clubs as well as other figures of similar goals nationally and abroad. This can be achieved by realising mutual activities.

 

 

ACTIVITIES OF St. MORI

St. MORI-activities include Supportive-activities in the Netherlands and Executive-activities abroad. Many contacts in different ways with necessary resources which maybe capable to support action and function have been performed. St. MORI-projects are designed on one year basis with possible extension to another period depending on resources, progress and availability. Short-term activities can be arranged according to needs.

 

a- In the NETHERLANDS

Main Supportive-activities are to get resources for material and for sponsoring this is in the Netherlands. Material includes secondhand Optical/Ophthalmicequipments, frames old and new and reading glasses old and new. Material has to be searched and collected on donation basis or symbolic prices.

Sponsoring (in addition to the already existing sponsoring scheme) means contacting potential resources by application and appealing for financial support to cover prices of material as mentioned above if getting material is not possible on donation basis. Also travel expenses, locally and abroad, are important to be cured. All details of sponsoring and financial report can be given by Mr. Hank Kral.

St. MORI has been in continuous contacts with the previous resources in the Netherlands. Contacts have been made with Mr. Simon Boersma, Regio directeur Balkan, from Dorcas Aid International to sec out possible joint work in Kennedy Humanitarian Kliniek in KORCA, ALBANIA. Contact has been made with Mrs. Marleen van Voorde (de project leidster) in ALBANIA for the same purpose. There is a possibility to Dr. Hassan to visit KORCA in collaboration with Dorcas (Netherlands) and Kennedy Clinic in ALBANIA. OPT/-PLAZA in Hemsteede has been approached for possible glasses/frames collection for St. MORI activities. An advice has been given for this matter. Mrs Shera Niewhuis from St. Mensen in Nood, has been contacted to investigate possible help to the needy especially in the coming cold winter in BOSNIA an ALBANIE. A possibility is to be worked out. Contact has been made with St. Meditech to see possible help in supplying/service second hand equipments necessary to St. MORI activities abroad. With help and advice of Dr. B. Ansink, Ophthalmologist, Technical Service Department at Sophia Hospital, Zwolle, has denoted to St. MORI a Hot Air Sterilizer and Octopus Computerized Visual Field Analyzer. This action has been welcome by St. MORI.

 

 

b- ABROAD

Executive-activities carried out abroad since St. MORI is designed on world-wide. Continuation of Humanitarian Eye Clinic (H.A. C) service is the sole objective of St. MORI existed in Bosnia and Hercegovina (Details about H.A.C. could be found in the annual reports 2001/2002). Conclusions, as have been mentioned in the last report, are still important to be realised due to clinical needs. In this context a visit has been paid to the Cantonal Hospital in GORAZDA. Recently the hospital has appointed a local ophthalmologist to give help to the population. They are still in needs for equipments and surgical instruments to do the job properly. Also the Cultural Club and the Refugee Camp have been visited. Alderly people and Diabetic patients are in serious need for clinical ophthalmic evaluation. They have not such service since the end of the war. For the time being St. MOR/is busy to get the necessary resources to collect needed ophthalmic/optical equipments and surgical instruments. Some contacts have been made in this direction.

St. MORI is collaborating with FONDA TION HASSAN 11 D'OPHTHALMOLOGIA, RABA T, MOROCCO. This foundation has activities in all of rural areas in MOROCCO. The sole activity is to prevent Blindness due to CATARACT development. CATARACT surgery as well as TRACHOMA managements (medical/surgical for Trichiasis) are the clinical practice of FONDA TION HASSAN II.

In March/April, 2003, Dr. A. F. Hassan has visited FONDA TION HASSAN 11 in RABAT, MOROCCO. He participated in their Mission curried out from 15 till 19, April 2003. This Mission has been curried out in a small tiny town/village named DEMNA T at the heart of the MIDDLE-ATLAS Mountains at about + 460 KM at the South of RABAT , the capital City of MOROCCO. This town/village is an old historical place near OURAZAZA TA and MARRAKECH in a triangle posture. It has about + 60 000. inhabitants including the scattered small villages and lanes. Duration of the Mission was five days.

A group of Ophthalmologists, Nursing Staff and Technicians headed by Prof. A. BARRAHO have done the work in this Mission. The work has been performed at the local Medical Centre/Hospital in DAMNA T. Contribution of local people has been significate to help doing the job. Thanks to the good weather which has enabled to set up a TENT as temporary inpatient-section for post-operated patients.

 

A view of the Hospital in Gorazda

 

Dr. A.F. Hassan is seeing a patient

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Hassan with the group of Mission in Demnat, 15-19 april, 2003

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Hassan in front of the tent prepared for Post-operative Recovery Section

 

 

Local announcement was scattered between the populations in the area via local people. Mass of patients had come seeking a help. Many pathologies have been diagnosed, classified and sorted out and treated, of course, with special emphasis on CATARACT and TRACHOMA. During this Mission CATARACT surgery has been performed to more than + 160 patients and more than +33 TRICHIASIS surgery. Myself 1 have seen more +200 patients having scattered different ophthalmic pathology. Medications and some glasses have been given freely to the patients.

Follow up Post-operative care were conducted by local Medical Centre in collaboration with a local Ophthalmologist coming from MERAKECH (about + 120 KM). The Mission was successful and highly welcome by local people and local authorities. Personally I am still willing to help them if circumstances allow me to do so again.

The University Hospital Centre (CHU) in RABAT was also one of the places visited by Dr. Hassan. He with other colleagues has seen many patients attending the CHU Ophthalmic Clinic. Experience and ideas exchange were very fruitful.

BOSNIA and HERCEGOVINA, ALBANIA, GHANA and MOROCCO are areas where we hope to progress to give more help and create collaboration projects and joint works there. No doubt this is dependent on many factors, among them, are good understanding to St. MORI activities, wide thinking and generous spirits of our supporters in the Netherlands and abroad. As it has been said:

IF THERE IS A WILL THERE IS A WAY.

 

Dr. Hassan is seeing patients, Mission to Demnat, Morocco, 15-19 april 2003.

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Hassan is seeing patients, University hospital centre, Rabat, Morocco.

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Hassan seeing a patient with Prof. Ben-Cherifa, University Hospital Centre, Rabat, Morocco.

 

 

 

CONCLUSIONS

1. WE HAVE ACHIEVED PROGRESS AND WE HOPE TO GET THE NECESSARY RESOURCES TO FINANCE OUR ACTIVITIES AND TO REALIZE OUR OBJECTIVES TO HELP THE NEEDY.

2. MORI-ACTIVITIES HAVE BEEN APPRECIATED AND RECOGNISED. THIS IS EVIDENT BY PROGRESSING TO OTHER AREAS IN EAST EUROPE AND AFRICA.

3. MORI-OBJECTIVES ARE TO COLLABORATE WITH OTHERS OF SIMILAR ACTIVITIES. THEREFORE IT IS OPEN TO ANY SUGGESTIONS, PROPOSALS AND JOINT WORKS.

 

Dr. A. F. Hassan (MD, Ph. D).

OPHTHALMOLOGIST


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