Paediatric Ophthalmology

 A/Prof Aung now treats up to 20,000 children in Myanmar each year.

In 2014, A/Prof Aung trained fellow, Dr Tin Mg Thant, who now treats children from his own paediatric ophthalmology clinic in Mandalay, established in 2015 with support from the Australian Government.

Specialised clinical and surgical equipment has been provided to both Yangon eye Hospital and Mandalay Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat Hospital to reduce avoidable blindness in Myanmar.

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

A/Prof Aung is now training his own fellows at Yangon Eye Hospital demonstrating the sustainability of the Sight For All education model. Dr Khine Nweni, trained at the Yangon Eye Hospital by A/Prof Aung in 2017, is furthering her training in Australia, spending 2018 at the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital in Brisbane.

In addition to these activities in Myanmar, in 2012, Sight For All upgraded the paediatric ophthalmology unit at the Vietnam National Institute of Ophthalmology in Hanoi, backgrounded by the training of three Vietnamese ophthalmologists in this sub-specialty area.

The success in Vietnam led Sight For All's paediatric ophthalmology team to train Drs Kheng and Solephy from the Khmer Soviet Friendship Hospital in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and Drs Sonchai and Phayvanh from the National Ophthalmology Centre in Lao, also providing clinical and surgical equipment to help establish the paediatric eye units.

In 2017, Dr Phayvanh from Lao, Dr Kheng from Cambodia and A/Prof Aung from Myanmar all returned to Australia for additional training.

In 2011, Sight For All established a paediatric unit at the Sirimavo Bandaranayake Children's Hospital in Kandy, Sri Lanka, headed by Dr Tavisha Udupihille who was trained at the Women's and Children's Hospital in Adelaide.

 In 2016, supported by the Australian Government, Sight For All upgraded the unit’s equipment.

Sight For All’s major event in Sydney in 2018 will be supporting the establishment of a paediatric unit in Jaffna, located in northern Sri Lanka.