|Fellowships in Australia||$45,000
|On-going In-Country Training
Sight For All trained the first children's eye specialist and established the first children's eye unit in Myanmar, allowing a 12 times increase in children's eye surgeries. So far the $40,000 investment to train Dr Aung has impacted over 25,000 children and this number is growing each year. Dr Aung has recently trained the second children's eye specialist in Myanmar, a country with a population of over 60 million. Thanks to the support of the Australian Government, the second paediatric ophthalmology centre in Myanmar will be equipped with the infrastructure needed by Dr Tin Mg Thant.
“Because of Sight For All, the children of Myanmar now have a greater opportunity to receive treatment early and we can avoid these children living a life of blindness and poverty”– Dr Than Htun Aung, June 2014
Sight For All has conducted a range of sub-specialty training programs in Cambodia, Lao and Vietnam. In 2014 three Vietnamese ophthalmologists from the Vietnam National Institute of Ophthalmology (VNIO) were selected for Sight For All’s Vietnam Neuro-Ophthalmology In-country training fellowship. The three nominated fellows, Drs: Vu Huy Quang, Do Quang Ngoc and Le Xuan Hung received twelve teaching trips by different Sight For All Visionaries from Australia and New Zealand over the course of one year. Adelaide based Neuro-Ophthalmologist Professor John Crompton led this fellowship program in collaboration with VNIO, Sight For All's Chairman Dr James Muecke and the team of Visionaries. The investment has resulted in training of three local Vietnamese Ophthalmologists in the specialist treatment of neuro-ophthalmology. Through the in-country fellowship program, VNIO intend to establish a specific neuro-ophthalmology department. This sustainable teaching method ensures that Vietnam will continue to have locally based doctors who will be able to treat patients well into the future and train their chosen colleagues in this sub-specialty area too.
In summarising the impact of this fellowship program, Professor John Crompton said:
“The three neuro-ophthalmology fellows have shown impressive improvement in their ability to take a proper history, examination, formulate a different diagnosis, investigate appropriately, make a final diagnosis and a management plan.”
Sight For All’s founding ophthalmologists have had a long association with Myanmar. For example: In the sub-speciality area of vitreo retina, Sight For All’s doctors have trained three fellows with the South Australian Institute of Ophthalmology since 1996. These three doctors: Mya Aung, San Myint, San Hlaing Min treat countless patients in this sub-speciality area each year and are now training another three vitreo retina specialists at the Yangon Eye Hospital, Myanmar. Sight For All provides ongoing training workshops to these doctors. Sight For All Visionary, Associate Professor Henry Newland supports the training of these doctors plus the provision of equipment and consumables through an annual trip to Myanmar. With each trip costing only $2,600 AUD the impact of ongoing teaching for these fellows in Myanmar is immense.
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