Consider our nerves wracked
What a day! No fingernail in the Sightsavers office remained unchewed as we watched the live broadcast of Winesi’s bandage removal start… and cut out.
In many ways it was a perfect example of the kind of difficulties medical staff face in developing countries. A not-unusual Malawian power cut occurred ten minutes before the broadcast started, and caused all kinds of fuse-related chaos. Big thanks go to Kola, our Health Systems Programme Development Advisor, who valiantly took the onscreen helm while the problems were occurring.
After attempting to get the connection back, we made the decision to end the broadcast. The most important part of the whole event, the removal of Winesi’s bandages, was something we couldn’t put off. We didn’t want him to have to wait a minute longer.
So Winesi’s big reveal went ahead without us, but don’t worry, you can still share in the moment. The team in Malawi have filmed everything and it’ll be added on our broadcast page the minute it’s available. And trust us, it’s worth the wait!
Sightsavers CEO Caroline Harper said: “Today has been an incredibly emotional day. Earlier, I received a text saying “There is singing in Malawi… Winesi can see!”. I have to tell you, even though I have travelled in Africa for many years, and seen difficult sights, this brought tears to my eyes. We will post the film on our website as soon as we can, and I just hope everyone who sees it recognises the incredible difference a few pounds can make to someone’s life…”