Worldwide, glaucoma is the leading cause of irreversible blindness. Sight For All is responding to this serious health threat by training glaucoma specialists in countries including Bhutan, Lao, Cambodia, Myanmar and currently in Vietnam.
BHUTAN’S FIRST GLAUCOMA SPECIALIST
In 2012, Sight For All trained Bhutan’s first glaucoma specialist, Dr Deki, who undertook a 12-month fellowship at the Royal Adelaide Hospital, in Australia. Dr Deki is pictured on the left, receiving her certificate of completion.
TRAINING FELLOWS IN MORE PARTNER COUNTRIES
In 2014, Myanmar’s Dr May Ko Ko Thet trained as a glaucoma specialist on a 12-month fellowship at the Royal Adelaide Hospital.
Also in 2014, Dr Khamphoua trained as the first glaucoma specialist in Lao at the National Ophthalmology Centre (NOC) in Vientiane.
In December 2017, Drs Tharath and Sophal from Khmer Soviet Friendship Hospital, Phnom Penh, Cambodia completed fellowships in glaucoma through Sight For All’s reverse fellowship project.
Three glaucoma fellows, Drs Hien, Ha and Truc, were trained at the Vietnam National Institute of Ophthalmology, Hanoi, Vietnam with training completed in 2019.
In 2014, as part of the Lao Glaucoma Fellowship in Vientiane, Sight For All purchased a new Ellex YAG – SLT laser and a Zeiss OCT (Optic Coherence Tomography) for the centre to improve glaucoma diagnosis.
To support the Cambodian Fellowship in 2017, our team also purchased a new Iridex Cyclo-G6 System Glaucoma InfraRed laser for the treatment of patients with severe glaucoma, very common in Cambodia.