Nanay is a regular visitor at the CBM supported eye-clinic in the Philippines. She has an acquired vision impairment. This was caused by contracting cryptococcal meningitis many years ago – a rare brain infection caused by a fungus found in bird droppings. Nanay’s family raised birds to make ends meet. This has also caused her mobility problems and Nanay needs support to move about. She uses a wheeler and a white cane. Getting both regular eye check-ups and other occupational therapy has helped Nanay maintain a good quality of life.
The eye clinic helped Nanay to use an audio book player, patiently showing her how to use the gadget and take care of it. Young people find it easy to use digital devices, but for older people, especially those with vision impairment, this can be a challenge. Our caring team of staff have worked with Nanay to learn how to use the audio player, practicing how to search for particular books, how to pause and skip, and how to keep it charged. Currently the Philippines is again in lock down, and it’s resources like this that will make all the difference to people like Nanay.