Sophie Wessex ‘a good news story’ says commentator
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Sophie, the Countess of Wessex visited Malawi and Botswana this week after spending almost two weeks on a royal trip to Africa. The Countess wore an orange blouse with bell sleeves and white jeans as she greeted staff and patients.
Sophie toured Kamuzu Central Hospital where she visited patients and greeted staff members.
She visited a neonatal unit at the hospital to meet premature babies and also went to the Kangaroo maternity ward to speak with expectant mothers.
The Countess also spoke with a patient who is able to see after three years after a cataract operation.
Sophie was visiting the hospital on her final day in Malawi as part of her Globar Ambassador role for the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness.
The royal has been meeting people who have benefitted from surgeries that have improved their eyesight in order to mark World Sight Day, which takes place on October 13.
Sophie is a passionate advocate for those blind or partially sighted as her daughter, Lady Louise, was born with an eye condition called esotropia which causes the eye to turn inwards.
She has raised awareness with many charities dedicated to those who are visually impaired, including the Visions Foundation, Orbis UK and Seeing is Believing.
Lady Louise, who is currently studying at St Andrew’s, has had two surgeries to correct her eyesight, with the last one being when she was ten years old in 2014.
This week, the Countess has travelled around Malawi to celebrate the country’s status of being free of trachoma, a bacterial infection which causes vision loss.
The country helped eliminate the condition with help from the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust, which aims to end avoidable blindness in the Commonwealth.
The Countess served the organisation as Vice Patron when it launched in 2012.
Sophie Wessex also visited Botswana where she praised the Government’s programme which offers all school children eye healthcare, including screenings, assessments and treatments.
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Fans of the Countess took to Twitter after the Royal Family’s Twitter account posted a picture of Sophie celebrating a patient at the hospital for recovering his sight.
A fan expressed their admiration by saying: “Love all the effort from African countries to end those health issues!! And well done to Her Royal Highness on such an amazing tour representing the Crown”
One royal fan wrote: “She really cares about this, has been doing it under the radar for years.”
Another fan replied: “I remember her quiet trip to Calgary (Canada) raising awareness (and funds!) for this worthy cause” and the user finished the comment with the hashtag “#SophieTheSincere”.
Someone else wrote: “How wonderful for the patient who can see again! Sophie & Edward are honouring the memory of Queen & Prince Philip with hard work & dedication on the projects that were dear to their hearts!”
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