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Dr Mundi Qoqonokana works at the Pacific Eye Institute (PEI) as Acting Chief Consultant Ophthalmologist.
Originally from Solomon Islands, Dr Mundi has worked for years delivering high-quality eye care to patients and supporting the training of new specialists across the Pacific region. Dr Mundi is passionate about blindness prevention and believes that training a regional eye care workforce is crucial in tackling preventable blindness in the Pacific.
Some of Dr Mundi’s key achievements include:
Dr Mundi is renowned for his dedication to ending avoidable blindness in the Pacific. At times, working in developing Pacific countries, Dr Mundi had to improvise and be innovative to restore sight. When patient access to services was an issue, Dr Mundi found unorthodox solutions such as screening house-to-house for surgical cases and using whatever surgical equipment was available to ensure patients did not miss out on sight-restoring surgeries.
As Professor Fred Hollows said – “Good eye service is the right of everybody, not just the wealthy who can afford it” – and this is certainly something that Dr Mundi has demonstrated throughout his entire career as an ophthalmologist. With Dr Mundi in a key leadership role in the Pacific, we know that while these achievements are significant, there is still much more that Dr Mundi will achieve for the needlessly blind.