Paediatric Ophthalmology

Sight For All trained Myanmar's first peadiatric ophthalmologist, Dr Than Htun Aung through a 12-month fellowship in Adelaide and in 2010 established the country's first peadiatric ophthalmology unit. A/Prof Aung now treats up to 20,000 children each year. In 2014 A/Prof Aung trained his own fellow, Dr Tin Mg Thant who now treats children from his own paediatric ophthalmology clinic in Mandalay. Dr Thant's unit was established in 2015 with support from the Australian Government. A/Prof Aung is now training his own fellows at Yangon Eye Hospital. Dr Khine Nweni will be spending a year at the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital in Brisbane in 2018.


A/Prof Than Htun Aung training Dr Tin Mg Thant at MEENTH October 2015.

In 2011, Sight For All established a paediatric unit at the Sirimavo Bandaranayake Children's Hospital in Kandy, Sri Lanka. The unit is headed by Dr Tavisha Udipuhile who was trained at the Women's and Children's Hospital in Adelaide. In 2016, with the help of the Australian Government, Sight For All upgraded the paediatric unit specialised equipment.

In 2012, Sight For All upgraded the paediatric ophthalmology unit at the Vietnam National Institute of Ophthalmology in Hanoi, Vietnam and trained three Vietnamese ophthalmologists (one from the centre of the country).

Following Vietnam, Sight For All's paediatric ophthalmology team have trained Drs Kheng and Solephy from the Khmer Soviet Friendship Hospital in Phnom Penh, Cambodia and have trained Dr Phayvanh from the National Ophthalmology Centre in Lao. Sight For All has also provided equipment to enable to establishment of the paediatric eye units in these two countries.

Dr Phayvanh from Lao, Dr Kheng from Cambodia and A/Prof Aung from Myanmar all spent time in Australia during late 2016 and 2017 to undertake additional training.