Health and Well-Being

We aim to enable communities to improve their health by providing medical equipment, facilities and training.


  • Medical equipment and plumbing repairs for Nekemte Hospital.
  • Nekemte Hospital water supply project 2001-2. British Embassy grant of £5,000.
  • Emergency medical supplies for a severe malarial epidemic.
  • Nekemte Eye Project, 2005-9. Financed with £150,000 grant from the Four Acre Trust with £30,000 contribution from Exeter Ethiopia Link. The first Eye Clinic in Western Ethiopia serving a population of several million.
  • A spectacle-making unit and two wards added to the Eye Clinic 2010-11. Working with Exmoor Rotary.

Some pictures of the eye clinic

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The clinic nears completion An eye inspection A treatment room A technician at work Thge well-supplied store Patients' waiting area lightbox gallery jsby v6.0

Current Projects

Training in the treatment of Eye problems


6 February 2015

The Health and Welfare Sub-Committee have issued an update on activity at the Nekemte Eye Clinic.

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The greatest impact on reducing blindness is achieved by lens implants, and providing prescription or reading spectacles. The main activity of the Health and Welfare team is to upgrade basic nurses with an ophthalmic specialism to become integrated community eye care workers. This offers a solution to the perpetual problem of difficulties retaining medically qualified ophthalmic surgeons, and to meet the great demand for nurse-led diagnosis and treatments. To date we have raised over £10,000 to support this project. Fundraising will continue over the coming months.

£550 was donated in January 2014 for the purchase of consumables.


Some people, particularly in rural Oromia are disabled by grossly enlarged feet and legs. Failure to wear shoes allows irritant soils to block vessels. EEL has made a donation to a project for treatment, health education and a shoe making business.

Maintaining contact with the Eye Clinic

Close links are maintained with the Eye Clinic, both to support the Manager and in order to provide additional help where needed. For example, tools were recently provided for the spectacles unit technician.