E-News – April 2021

EDITORIAL

Retina South Africa welcomes a new staff member. Lindiwe Maredi who joined us as a Social Worker on April 1st Meet Lindiwe

Virtual Counselling, Webinars and Seminars

Retina South Africa is pleased to offer a free personalised Zoom education session to our paid up members. If you would like to book a session please contact head office – 0860 595959. Copies of past webinars are on our website.

An excellent Stem Cell seminar was held recently by the Foundation Fighting Blindness USA . For anyone interested in the fantastic progress being made in stem cell research, this is a must view. [See Details Here]


RESEARCH NEWS

News from ProQR

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Retinitis Pigmentosa and Usher Syndrome – ProQR has announced positive results of their Usher syndrome and retinitis pigmentosa clinical study Stellar, which has met all its stated objectives. This marks a crucial milestone in their ongoing inherited retinal disease research. [See Results Here]


Bionic Sight’s Optogenetic Therapy

This exciting research enables blind patients to detect light and motion in an early trial. The therapy is designed to work for people with advanced vision loss, independent of the mutated gene causing the retinal disease.
[See More Here]


NEED GENETIC TESTING?

We have received a grant to support the costs of genetic testing for patients under the age of 25 from needy families. Please email: headoffice@retinasa.org.za or WA 0833065262.

DEAF – BLIND SOCIETY

Deafblind SA have established an office in Gauteng. Contact them:  Office: 011 837 5080
Cell: 081 482 3973
Email: dbsagauteng@gmail.com
Website: www.deafblindsa.co.za

YOUTH GROUP

Alani Ferreira has been selected to represent South Africa on the Retina International Youth Council.
Remember you can connect with the Youth Group via the email youth@retinasa.org.za. They can then add you to the WA group. You can also speak to Kgosi, Alani, Anup or Samantha. 

GETTING INTO QR CODES

QR codes are the square blocks with a strange pattern that are being used more frequently for many online transactions and for navigation. [See how to use QR codes here]

JOB SEEKERS

Looking for employment or bursaries. Mariza Jurgens sends regular info on work and study opportunities for the disabled.
Find them on our Website under the Assistance Tab, select Job opportunities.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT

We would like to thank the members who have paid their membership fees and made a donation to the research fund. 

Thank you to the members who have paid membership fees. If you want to remain a member in good standing but cannot afford the R240 per year please contact head office and complete a fee waiver form. The research donations are very welcome as the Covid-19 restrictions have meant that we have had no special events for a year. We still have tickets for our Circle of Light competition and an annual donation of R250 per year puts you in line to win a R500 cash prize every month. If you have a contact in the business and corporate world, please introduce us to discuss possible sponsorship opportunities.  Please remember to nominate Retina SA as a beneficiary on www.myschool.co.za . They will donate to us at NO COST to you. Remember to swipe at participating outlets. Now more than ever we need your support.

THANK YOU BAUSCH AND LOMB FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT OF OUR WORK.

BAUSCH AND LOMB

RETINA SOUTH AFRICA DISCLAIMER
Information disseminated by Retina South Africa is for information purposes only. Readers must discuss any intervention with their Eye Care practitioner. Information in this E-News does not imply that Retina South Africa endorses any particular therapy, intervention or medication. Retina South Africa assumes no responsibility for the use made of any information provided in this newsletter.

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