The Walter Spohn Trust is very pleased to share its 2020 Special Funding recipients, Nelly James and Francesca Gelai of Eyes for All. WST Special Funding is reserved for exemplary projects and ideas that embody the mission of the WST but do not meet the specific criteria of the WST Research Grant.
As qualified opticians and ocularists, Nelly and Francesca founded Eyes for All to bring ocular prosthetics and clinical training to parts of the world with limited to no access to these services. As they have worked to establish an ocular prosthetics department in Nairobi, Kenya, they have observed the need for an expanded scope of practice that includes facial prosthetics to better serve their patient population. Support from the WST will allow them to access training from ocularists, anaplastologists, and other specialists enabling them to expand their prosthetic services, and make it possible to source and purchase materials and supplies needed for fabrication of silicone facial prosthetics. In addition to providing care to patients in need, Eyes for All also focuses on raising awareness of prosthetic treatment options for patients with facial differences and training members of the community in clinical ocularistry and anaplastology to ensure long-term provision of quality care. The WST is delighted to provide support for this important project.
Follow Eyes for All on Instagram @eyes_for_all and visit their website to learn more about their work.
Nelly and Francesca with trainees Alex and Maureen
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