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Sight For All welcomes 2015

 
 

Thank you Lang Foundation for helping us to fight childhood blindness in Cambodia & Lao

- Scroll down for more information about Lang Foundation's support

 

Sight For All Educational Programs 2015

 

Sight For All is currently conducting the following educational programs in our partner countries:

 

Cambodia - Paediatric Ophthalmology Fellowship

 

Lao - Oculoplastics, Paediatric Ophthalmology, and Retina Fellowships

 

Vietnam - Corneal Fellowship 

In addition, we completed the Contact Lens Training Program at the Vietnam National Institute of Ophthalmology in February – the training of an optometrist in the fitting of contact lenses in babies following cataract surgery will have an enormous impact on childhood blindness in Northern Vietnam.

The final visit of the Vietnam Neuro-Ophthalmology Fellowship in Hanoi is taking place in April and a vitreo-retinal teaching trip is taking place in Myanmar in early June.
 




Sight For All's Medical Volunteers or 'Visionaries' contribute thousands of hours of their own time in travelling to our partner countries to pass on their knowledge, skills and wisdom to fellows participating in our In-country Fellowship Programs. We wish all of our Visionaries travelling this year a successful and rewarding experience and we say 'thank you' for being part of the Sight For All team.
 


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Many of our programs would not be possible without the generosity of our donors.

A special thank you to our Vision 1000 Members.

Sight For All would also like to thank the following donors for their ongoing support. 

 
Cavpower
David McKee

Inservio
Lang Foundation
Marcus Blackmore

Santos
Thyne Reid Foundation
Wood Foundation

 

Thank you Lang Foundation

 

For helping us fight childhood blindness in Cambodia


 




Childhood blindness studies conducted in our partner countries of Cambodia, Lao, Myanmar, and Sri Lanka have preceded paediatric ophthalmology fellowship programs and the establishment of children’s eye facilities in those countries.
Cambodia is an example of this program in action. Thanks to the Lang Foundation and the Australian Government, the first children’s eye unit was established in May 2014 at the Khmer Soviet Friendship Hospital in Phnom Penh. Sight For All is now training a Cambodian children's eye specialist in that hospital. 

At the completion of her training, Dr Kheng will be able to pass her expertise on to her own colleagues in Cambodia, just as Dr Than Htun Aung from Myanmar is now doing with his own paediatric ophthalmology fellow Dr Tin Mg Thant.

Of course, these fellowship programs would not be possible without the assistance of our funders and donors – we thank you for all your support.
 
Critical to the success of the Cambodian Childhood Blindness Initiative are the ophthalmologists, optometrists and orthoptists from Australia and New Zealand who are donating their time, skills and knowledge to train Dr Kheng. We are so grateful for the expertise and goodwill of the professionals involved in all of our sustainable education programs.
           
 
World Glaucoma Week

8-14 March
 2015

In acknowledgement of World Glaucoma Week, Sight for All emphasizes the importance of working together to prevent avoidable blindness caused by eye diseases such as glaucoma. 

Glaucoma is the leading cause of preventable blindness in the developing world. Patients who develop chronic glaucoma in poor countries remain largely untreated, with a high risk of progression to severe visual impairment or blindness.

Sight For All is helping to eliminate this blinding disease through the training of specialist ophthalmologists in our partner countries. These sustainable education programs take place either through a 12 month intensive training program in Australia or through a reverse fellowship, whereby our team of Visionaries from Australia and New Zealand travel to partner countries to train fellows. These programs are established to provide the fellows with the knowledge, skills and equipment to treat this blinding yet preventable disease well into the future. The result is a sustainable approach to eliminating avoidable blindness caused by glaucoma.
 
To date, Sight For All has trained and equipped glaucoma specialists from Bhutan, Cambodia, Lao and Myanmar.

 

10,000 lives to be changed with the return of Dr Thet to Myanmar


In February 2014 we welcomed Dr May Ko Ko Thet from Myanmar for a fellowship in the management of glaucoma, the leading cause of preventable blindness in the World. 
 





Dr Thet has spent the past 12 months training in the clinic and operating theatre at the Royal Adelaide Hospital and Flinders Medical Centre. She will return to Yangon Eye Hospital this month as the leading glaucoma specialist in Myanmar.

On commenting on her fellowship, Dr Thet said:

My 12 month fellowship in Adelaide is giving me the knowledge, skills and experience to be able to treat glaucoma back at the Yangon Eye Hospital in Myanmar. I am seeing patients, performing surgery and learning from some of the best eye surgeons in the World.
 
Thanks to Sight For All I have this wonderful opportunity. I miss my fiancé, my family and my friends but I am learning so much and know that when I return to Myanmar I will be better able to treat patients with glaucoma and prevent them from having to live a life of blindness.
 
We wish Dr Thet well on her return to Myanmar and will keep you updated on her progress.
 

 

Vision 1000 Update

 

Join us on March 26 at

Macquarie Bank to find out more

 

Who           

Are you a Global Citizen?

 

 Why          

Vision 1000 is based on the premise that collectively

we can all make a difference to the lives of others.

 

Guest Speaker

   Dr James Muecke AM Chairman Sight for All

 

Benefits     

The benefits of joining Vision 1000 include member only

access to the following events in 2015:

 BMW Drive Day in early June;

Lunch at Darry’s Verandah with Chester Osbourne;

Vision 1000 Cocktail Party to be held later in the year.

 

Where        

Macquarie Boardroom

Level 2, 151-159 Pirie Street Adelaide

 

When       

Thursday 26 March from 4.30pm

 

RSVP      

 If you would like to attend this session,

please contact the Sight For All office on

08 8222 4939 or

admin@sightforall.org

 

Sight For All is pleased to announce that after
only a few short months we now have:

75 members of  Vision 1000
5 members of Vision 100
1 member of Vision 10 

 

We acknowledge and thank all our member’s for their 

vision and their generosity

http://sightforall.org/vision-1000-members/

 

We encourage you to take a look at the 

Vision 1000 information on our website 

http://sightforall.org/vision-1000-2/.

 

 

 
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Sight For All will volunteer more than 10,000 medical hours this year alone.
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