A mother’s dedication

Sight For All Visionary Heather Connor and her nine-member training team dealt with a wide range of patient problems at Myanmar’s Yangon Eye Hospital including cataracts, retinal detachment, trauma, infections, nystagmus, strabismus and inflammation during a recent refractionists up-skilling training program.

“The biggest strength of the program is the enthusiasm and dedication of the students. One student had a 15-day old baby at home but was still attending the lectures.”– – Visionary Heather Connor, Refractionists Up-skilling Program, Myanmar, June 11-15, 2018

Refractionists training at Myanmar’s Yangon Eye Hospital

Working in hot, humid, monsoonal conditions, the obvious appreciation of the patients and the satisfied smiles of the students as they successfully applied new skills was reward in itself.

“The practical sessions worked well and having access to patients was an excellent way for the students to practice and develop their skills,” Dr Connor said.

“They were very happy when they were able to correctly diagnose a condition after slit-lamp examination.

“The biggest strength of the program is the enthusiasm and dedication of the students. One student had a 15-day old baby at home but was still attending the lectures,” she said.

The Refractionist Upskilling Project is funded by the Australian Government through the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP).

Visionary Dr Heather Connor with her class of nine up-skilling Myanmar refractionists

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