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Abalon News Letter – Issue 1

Adam Mapani currently leads the medical retina nursing team at Moorfields, which puts him at the forefront of developing practice in a wide range of clinical and organisational areas. As well as his clinical role in the management of patients with retina vascular disease, he is involved with digital health innovation and bridging the gap between the nursing and medical team.

Adam has spoken both nationally and internationally and has published papers in peer review journals. His evidence-based practice approach to patient care, lays great emphasis on maximising non-medical staff development in an ophthalmic setting in ever increasing boundaries of practice.

During his 17-year career, Adam has won more than 10 ophthalmology awards. In 2019, Adam became the first ever nurse to appear in The Ophthalmologist Power List Top 50 most Influential People in Ophthalmology Globally. In the same year, he was also awarded The Gold Award for Global Leadership in Ophthalmic Advanced Practice by the Chief Nursing Officer for England. Adam sits as co-chair of Vision UK: BAME working group. He is passionate about improving eye health services in developing nations and is co-founder of Abalon Trust.

Yetunde is a principal optometrist working at a leading London Eye Hospital. After completing her undergraduate degree in optometry at Cardiff University, she undertook and completed her pre-registration training year at Moorfields Eye Hospital.

Whilst working, Yetunde has gone on to gain further qualifications and holds an MSc in Clinical Optometry, Diploma in Therapeutics and a Higher Certificate in Glaucoma. She has spoken nationally and has written a clinical article published in a leading UK journal for eye care professionals. Her current role involves being a College of Optometrists joint supervisor and working in a number of sub-specialist clinics such and glaucoma and paediatric contact lenses.

Yetunde is a trustee of Abalon Trust and passionate about supporting the eye health needs of developing communities.

Charles Pierce is a consultant ophthalmologist working at Musgrove Park Hospital (Taunton, UK). His subspecialty interest is Medical Retina. Prior to his appointment, he worked as a locum consultant ophthalmologist at Moorfields Eye Hospital and has completed fellowships focusing on medical retina, ocular genetics, ocular oncology and uveitis at Moorfields. Charles has gained a research degree from the University of Southampton (Doctor of Medicine) in translational research. His undergraduate training was at the University of West Indies (Mona and Cave Hill) Class of 2001, with an internship at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Barbados. Charles serves as Abalon’s medical director.

Charlene is a qualified chartered accountant and auditor, managing audits, specialising in not for profit sector. Charlene has 10 years’ experience in advising in the not for profit sector. Charlene has a passion for charities. In the past she has been a trustee of a mentoring charity for 5 years, volunteered in Malawi and been a fundraising volunteer for Marie Curie.

Kelly is a lecturer at a UK University, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and Registered Nurse. She is CEO and founder of Global Health Lecturer Volunteer Fellows. In 2019, Kelly was a Zenith Global Health award recipient. She is also a trustee of Abalon Trust.

Mary Njoroge is a qualified Social Worker, currently working as an Ophthalmic Technician at Moorfields Eye Hospital-UK. Prior to this, Mary worked as a deputy Manager with Cascade Care-UK. Mary also has an extensive experience of working in developing countries. Mary worked as a Social Worker with Seed of Hope Children’s Home in Kenya, working with orphans and abandoned children.  In the past, she has been involved in charity work for over 10 years in Kenya, and in the UK as a Director with Keas Valuing Lives which focused on children with special needs. She also possess a BA (Hons) in Social Work and Social Administration, and a National Diploma in Health Care Management-UK.