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Essilor and Optometry Giving Sight Provide Student Loans in Malawi

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They’ll help students at Mzuzu University.

(Press Release) Denver CO — Essilor of America and Optometry Giving Sight have announced the recipients of study loans for students of optometry at Mzuzu University in Malawi, Africa.

The loans will cover full tuition and living costs for the five years of the bachelor of vision science, starting this academic year. 

“It’s a great feeling to know that we are helping students in emerging countries such as Malawi to become degree qualified optometrists,” said Dr. Howard Purcell, senior vice president, customer development group, Essilor of America. “These loans will ensure that economically disadvantaged students are able to complete their studies and then provide urgently needed vision care services to women, men and children in their local communities.”

Purcell visited the program in November 2015 and was highly impressed with the School of Optometry, which was established in 2009 and has so far produced 35 graduates. There are currently 71 students enrolled in the program.

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“It was a humbling experience to see how challenging life can be in a country like Malawi, but inspiring to witness the commitment and dedication of the students and their teachers,” Purcell said. ​”These loans will ensure that more students are able to realize their dreams and will help to build the profession of optometry in the country.”

The Optometry Development program in Malawi is an initiative of the Brien Holden Vision Institute, Mzuzu University, Malawi College of Health Sciences and Optometry Giving Sight.

The current head of school at Mzuzu University is Dr. Sara McGowan, a graduate of UAB.

The recipients of the student loans are Adson Mitochi, Mariam Aliya, Gibson Nkhwekwe, Kettie Lozario, Tambuzai Liyo, and Thandiwe Nyirenda.

INVISION Malawi Student Loans2 recipients from left to right Adson Mitochi Mariam Aliya Gibson Nkhwekwe Kettie Lozario Tambuzai Liyo and Thandiwe Nyirenda

 The recipients of the student loans are (pictured from left to right): Adson Mitochi, Mariam Aliya, Gibson Nkhwekwe, Kettie Lozario, Tambuzai Liyo, and Thandiwe Nyirenda.

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