Surgical Direct Supports Eye Surgeon’s Mission Trips in Africa

Hundreds of people in Africa in need of cataract surgery have benefited from free procedures provided by Dr. Ukeme Umana, who is originally from Nigeria but practices in southern Illinois. Surgical Direct has donated phaco equipment and supplies for his trips, and two of our technicians have traveled with him to assist with procedures.

Dr. Umana’s trips are organized and funded through Hands of Hope, a mission-based non-profit that supports the physical and spiritual needs of people in war-torn Liberia. For several years, Hands of Hope has taken teams of medical professionals to a clinic in a remote part of the country, where they treat about 1,000 patients per week. These teams see patients for general conditions and also dental care and eye care. Major and minor surgical procedures are also performed.

At Surgical Direct, we are honored to know and partner with Dr. Umana for his ophthalmology equipment needs. We have a long history with Dr. Umana, as he was one of our first clients in 2001. We look forward to a continued role with his outreach efforts.

For more information on Hands of Hope or to donate, visit them at


In a 2014 Hands of Hope mission trip, Surgical Direct technician Chris Thele and Dr. Umana traveled with a group of physicians and other medical professionals to Liberia, Afria. Chris assisted Dr. Umana with dozens of eye procedures during their 12-day stay.


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