News Release


Latter-day Saint Charities, the humanitarian arm of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on 29 October, 2019 donated medical equipment consisting of three Zeiss Slit Lamp biomicroscopes, Imaging Module and Computer, an Autorefractor/Keratometer, and four hydraulic tables to Emmanuel Eye Medical Centre, East Legon, Accra, Ghana to support the Centre in their service to the community.


Dr. Travis Dastrup, an ophthalmologist, and his wife Emily, came from the Church’s vision committee in Salt Lake City, Utah, United States of America, to train the medical personnel at the Centre on the use of the new equipment. While handing over the Certificate of Donation to the Centre’s Chief Executive Director, Dr. John Oduro-Boateng, Dr. Dastrup remarked: “This has been such a wonderful chance for us to see the marvelous work being done here.” Dr. Oduro-Boateng thanked the Church for the donation and the opportunity to continue to serve the community in a better way.

The Emmanuel Eye Medical Centre was established in 1993 by Dr. Herbert Billman, an American Ophthalmologist. Upon Dr. Billman’s retirement and return to the United States of America in 1998, the Centre was absorbed by the Luke Society Missions, Ghana, as one of their ministry sites.

Latter -day Saint Charities was established in 1985 by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with a mission to relieve suffering among the people of the world.   It receives its funds from the voluntary contributions of individual members of the Church—young and old, and rich and poor for its humanitatian activities.

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