Detail

Title ID 8191Collection ID1123
TitleEye Doctors on Safari
Date1962
CollectionSightsavers
Genre/TypeProfessionalInstitutionalNon-fictionPromotional/Publicity
ThemeRural Life
KeywordsCharities Children Communities Disabled Persons Education Ethnic Groups Health Services Hospitals Men Motor Vehicles Old Age Passenger Vehicles Rural Areas Urban Areas Villages National Dress
Location
LocalBlantyre Lilongwe Limbe
NationalMalawi Africa
Credits
ProductionThe Rotary Club of Mendip
CameraThe Rotary Club of Mendip
DirectorWim van Leer
ProducerNick Barrington, John Lane, Mike Webb, Doug Woods and Bill Oxenham - Rotary Club of Mendip; Kenya Branch of the British Empire Society for the Blind
Commissioning bodyBritish Empire Society for the Blind, Kenya
Funding bodyRoyal Commonwealth Society for the Blind; Rotary International
EditorKevin Brownlow
NarratorUnknown
MusicLibrary music (?)
ParticipantsDr. R. Douglas Calcott; Dr. Moses Chirambo
FormatColour Sound
Duration00:07:55:02
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details

Summary

This colour documentary film produced by the Kenya Branch of the BESB, shows a day's work by Dr Moses Chirambo visiting several rural eye centres with Dr. Calcott during one of their surveys of eye care in Malawi, Africa. The film contains scenes of children and adults receiving treatment from eye specialists, as well as scenes of surgical procedures to remove cataracts from a patients eyes at mobile vehicles and clinics.

Description

This colour film produced by the Kenya Branch of the British Empire Society for the Blind, shows a days work by Dr Moses Chirambo visiting rural eye centres in Blantyre and Limbe in Malawi, as documented by Dr. Calcott during one of his blindness surveys. The film provides details of the charity's immunisation programme against Red Measles at Kamuzu General Hospital in Lilongwe. It also show residential training for teachers and the use of mobile unit vehicles with specialists that offer treatment in rural villages and communities. Dr Moses Chirambo explains the techniques used by a nurse to treat a patient's eye infection for a training exercise, followed by shots of several of the mobile eye units moving between rural communities across Malawi to treat patients.

The film contains scenes of children and adults receiving treatment from a physical and eye specialists, as well as scenes of surgical procedures to remove cataracts from patients eyes.

Stills

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Contextual information

Dr Moses Chirambo was the first Malawian ophthalmologist and a well-known public health physician in international ophthalmology, having served as a board member of the ICO and the Pan Arab African Council of Ophthalmology, now the Middle East Africa Council of Ophthalmology (MEACO). Dr Chirambo retired from ophthalmology in 2008 when he was appointed Minister of Health and a Member of Parliament for Malawi, he died in 2010. (Details from the International Council of Ophthalmology)

Dr R. D. Calcott was born in India in 1920, but moved to the UK to train as an eye surgeon, later working with the Kenyan Branch of the British Empire Society for the Blind, treating children and adults with Trachoma and other forms of disease related blindness from mobile eye units.

Related resources

Website

Eye Doctor on Safari (1962)

Further information can be seen on the BFI Explore Film & TV search details for the film: Eye Doctor on Safari
http://explore.bfi.org.uk/4ce2b71442244