Building Human Resource Strategy for Eye Health in PNG

Amanda Davis with Jambi Garap

Last week, Amanda Davis facilitated a workshop in Papua New Guinea (PNG)  with local stakeholders to develop a human resource strategy for eye health.

Partners at the meeting included RANZCO, VISION 2020 Australia, LCIF to name a few. It also included PNG Eye Care Centre’s President Dr Jambi Garap, the first woman ophthalmologist in PNG  and an IAPB Eye Health Hero 2016. 

Across the health system, Papua New Guinea (PNG) struggles with a chronic shortage of health professionals and the country has some of the poorest health outcomes in the Western Pacific. Although there is a national eye plan that is fully operational, infrastructure and workforce shortages remain the primary challenge. 

The Brien Holden Vision Institute Public Health Division has helped to address the shortage of refractive error services by training a small number of eye care personnel within the National Spectacles Supply system programme. Yet, a lot more needs to be done to address PNG’s population of seven million.