As an ophthalmic nurse in the rural community of Petauke, he knows how important it is to relate to the communities he’s meeting, and to build momentum for the work he is doing. There can be a lot of fear around modern medicine and a reliance on traditional medicine, which means people may be reluctant to seek help for their eye problems. This can mean that, even if surgery is available, there is sometimes little that can be done to save someone’s sight.
Education and trust are therefore key. “I need to make them understand me, and I understand them too,” Postan explains. “Even when I’m talking to them, we’re on the same level. Then they’re going to get the message.”
Every person who has had successful eye surgery becomes an ambassador, helping to encourage others and reinforce the positive messages that Postan and others are sharing through outreach camps. Last year the team carried out almost 1,000 cataract operations in the Petauke region.
Watch the video below to hear Postan discuss his work.