Dr Andrew Potter
Eye doctor, Benin
This British eye specialist has been working for CBM in Africa since 1984, firstly in the Central African Republic, then in Bembereke and Abomey, Benin.
Since 1996, he has been employed in Parakou, a town in the north of Benin. He works for the Project partner Catholic diocese of Parakou, in the Hopital St Andre de Tinre, 12 kilometers north of Parakou town, doing clinical work in the eye hospital: treating eye patients, doing eye surgery, teaching beninois colleagues, doing outreach clinics throughout Benin and with visits into Burkina Faso and Niger.
A few years ago Dr. Potter received the Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for his commitment to serving (cataract) blind people in Central and West Africa.
Dr. Potter says: "We are the busiest eye hospital in Benin, doing over 3,000 eye operations each year. We treat especially the poorer sections of the community, subsistence farmers and cattle herders."