Public Health Optometry: Training a future Workforce in the Pacific Islands

Optometry is a relatively new profession that has evolved differently in different countries around the world. Currently, Optometrists around the world work in health care as the primary eye care physicians. They face incredible challenges and contribute towards the global eye health needs. The current scenario shows the natural need of Optometrists to contribute in…

World Report on Vision Launch Event PNG

Regional Program Manager, Western Pacific
Organisation: International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness

“My eyes have been opened,” declared Minister for Health & HIV-Aids, the Honourable Jelta Wong as he launched the World Report on Vision in PNG. Speaking at the University of Papua New Guinea, during the first launch event in the Pacific Islands, the Minister acknowledged that he was surprised by the high rates of blindness…

2019 in Review: Highlights from IAPB Western Pacific

Regional Program Manager, Western Pacific
Organisation: International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness
Looking back over 2019, it’s impossible not to also look ahead to 2020. The pivotal year that many of us have been working towards throughout our career in the eye health sector, is almost upon us. It’s only fitting that our members and stakeholders are keeping one eye on the future and that they expect…

Lions commitment to improving life in PNG through eye health

The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) is an alliance of civil society organisations, corporates and professional bodies promoting eye health through advocacy, knowledge and partnerships.
Organisation: IAPB

Press Release Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, 5 September, 2019: Three years ago in 2016, the eye health for all Papua New Guineans was elevated by the long-term commitment from the Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) to fund the building of the Lions National Resource Centre for Eye Health, in Port Moresby. Since the opening,…

Delivering specialised healthcare to remote communities: YWAM Medical Ships

Communications Manager
Organisation: YWAM Medical Ships - Australia

Anna Scott, YWAM Medical Ships shares the story of the Lapila sisters to show the impact they are making bringing healthcare to remote communities… Four sisters sit nervously lined up on a bench outside the health centre. Three of them have patches on their eyes from their cataract surgeries that had been performed the day before, and…

L’OCCITANE supports UNICEF to prevent childhood blindness

General Delegate
Organisation: L'OCCITANE Foundation

On World/Universal Children’s Day, Charlotte Jonchere writes on L’OCCITANE Foundation‘s work supporting UNICEF to prevent childhood blindness. World Children’s Day, is a day dedicated to promoting the rights of every child. According to the WHO, one of the leading causes of childhood blindness is Vitamin A deficiency, which affects 137  million children under the age of five…

Diabetes related vision problems a concern in PNG capital

The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) is an alliance of civil society organisations, corporates and professional bodies promoting eye health through advocacy, knowledge and partnerships.
Organisation: IAPB

Press Release Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, 30 October 2018: A study of diabetic retinopathy and diabetes in the National Capital District (NCD) of Papua New Guinea (PNG) has found high rates of vision related disease and undiagnosed diabetes.1 Published in the British Journal of Ophthalmology, the research estimates that almost 50% of those 50 years…

Eye Care Everywhere For PNG

Regional Program Manager, Western Pacific
Organisation: International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness

In Papua New Guinea (PNG) there are so many activities associated with World Sight Day that events typically stretch throughout the month. This October was no different, culminating in a plethora of activities during the last week of the month. There was a Trachoma Action Planning Workshop led by the Fred Hollows Foundation Australia, a…

PNG has one of the highest rates of blindness in the world – nationwide study

The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) is an alliance of civil society organisations, corporates and professional bodies promoting eye health through advocacy, knowledge and partnerships.
Organisation: IAPB

The first national survey on eye health in Papua New Guinea (PNG) has found that the prevalence of blindness among people aged 50 years and older is 5.6%, which is one of the highest rates in the world. The study, which was recently published in the British Journal of Ophthalmology, found the major causes of…

Fighting an epidemic in the Pacific Islands: PNG

Getruth Bare, Charge Nurse Manager, Modilon Eye Clinic, Madang Papua New Guinea and Hayley Morrison, Resource Mobilisation Coordinator, The Fred Hollows Foundation NZ celebrate the results from their recent outreach to Ambunti in Papua New Guinea. This programme brings hope and access to sight-saving eye care services for PNG’s indigenous people. The Western Pacific region is home to the…

Tenk Yu Tru: RAAB Results Presented in Papua New Guinea

Regional Program Manager, Western Pacific
Organisation: International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness

Pictured (from L to R): Chief Ophthalmologist, Dr Simon Melengas; Dr Goa Tau, Director Medical Services (NDoH), Deputy Secretary of Health, Dr Paison Dakulala; PBL President, Dr Jambi Garap and Dr Bieb, Director Disease Control (NDoH). “It was tough”, PNG Eye Care General Manager, Samuel Koim, explained, presenting the logistic of the PNG Rapid Assessment…

Trachoma in the Western Pacific – end in sight

Regional Program Manager, IAPB Western Pacific
Organisation: IAPB

Screening for trachoma in Papua New Guinea Through strong collaborations and evidence, several governments in the Western Pacific can now claim trachoma is no longer a public health problem. For many more, trachoma elimination is in sight. So where are we with trachoma in the Western Pacific? A national assessment of trachoma conducted in Lao…