Emerging Leaders in Cambodian Eye Care

Sight For All plays host to fourteen emerging medical eye health leaders from Cambodia, in a ground-breaking step for sustainable eye healthcare

Sight For All has been awarded with a prestigious Australian Awards Fellowship, funded by the Australian Government.  The program included a 4-week Enhanced Observership opportunity in Australia for fourteen selected Ophthalmologists from Cambodia. These eye doctors receive high level sub-specialty training from Sight For All’s team of volunteer Australian and New Zealand Ophthalmologists and will become emerging leaders in the country’s long-term fight against blindness and poverty, by fostering high quality and accessible eye healthcare that tackles all forms of blindness.

Selection of the participating Cambodian Fellows was made in collaboration with the Cambodia National Program for Eye Health and during the four-week Enhanced observership, the doctors received valuable Australian mentorship, upskilling and knowledge development in ophthalmic sub-specialty clinics across major Australian teaching hospitals.  A distinctive program that has become instrumental in the fight against blindness in Cambodia.

Left – Right Dr Kimhong Moch, Dr Manny Lim, Dr Sotheary Heng, Dr Kossama Chukmol, Mr Sith Sam Ath, Mrs Judy Hatswell, Dr Cesar Carrillo, Dr Sreylin Sim, Prof Do Seiha, Dr Sreyneang Sim, Prof Robert Casson, Dr Lom Orng Kiry, Dr Long Chhour, Dr Chansathya Khieu, Dr Sam Ann Leang, Dr Leng Un, Dr Vichhey To, Dr Sophal Heng and Dr Pagna Heang

Sight For All Chair, Professor Robert Casson explains the importance of this project; “The Enhancing Ophthalmology sub-specialty skills, knowledge and leadership of Cambodian Ophthalmologists Project is ground-breaking for Sight For All and ophthalmology in Cambodia. These fourteen Fellows are provided an opportunity unlike any other, and I have no doubt that in Australia they will receive quality experiences that will have a long-term sustainable sight saving impact, for years to come.  These doctors will return to Cambodia with skills to treat complex forms of blindness and will train more doctors across the country to pass on the torch of knowledge, ultimately reaching far more patients in the long-term.”

Sight For All’s renown In-Country Ophthalmic Fellowship Project is instrumental in fostering sustainable high quality comprehensive eye care services to underserved communities across Asia Pacific.  Preventing and treating blindness not only preserves vision but it also enables people to remain financially independent to avoid a lifetime of poverty.

Sight For All is honored to be a host organization for the Australian Awards Fellowships training program, a valuable capacity building initiative that strengthens partnerships between Australian and eligible developing country organisations, in support of key foreign affairs objectives.

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