PNG Eye Care is a Local NGO working towards making eye glasses accessible and affordable to all people of PNG and to support eye care development in PNG.
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We are delighted to announce that the article on Rapid assessment of avoidable blindness (RAAB) in Papua New Guinea: A Nationwide Survey, has just been published by the prestigious British Journal of Ophthalmology. We would once again like to thank everyone that was involved in the initial survey, the Research team at Brien Holden Vision Institute, Public Health, the National Prevention of Blindness Committee, The Fred Hollows Foundation Australia, and everyone who contributed to the article.
bjo.bmj.com Objective To estimate the prevalence and main causes of blindness and vision impairment in people aged 50 years and older in Papua New Guinea (PNG). Design National cross-sectional population-based survey in National Capital District (NCD), Highlands, Coastal and Islands regions. Methods Adults aged...
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Today is #WorldOptometryDay.
Many developing countries do not have optometry as an established profession. Optometry courses offering education at diploma or degree level often do not exist. To address this gap in trained professionals, and increase access to services for the 1.2 billion people needing care, we build a workforce by developing and supporting optometry schools globally.
President of National Prevention of Blindness Committee in PNG Dr Jambi Garap and Vice President Ms Theresa Gende ( Tasha Oma'tii) are leading examples of woman in Eye Care in PNG
iapb.org Taking the Lead in PNG (Papua New Guinea). Jambi Garap interviews Theresa Ghende on work and issues in the region--a fascinating discussion.
President of PNG Eye Care,Dr. Jambi Garap taking part in the Blind Walk to raise awareness on Avoidable Blindness in PNG. Get your eyes tested for Free at PNG Eye Care.
PNG Eye Care would like to Congratulate the Port Moresby City Lions Club Members to have successfully stage Blind Walk to raise awareness on avoidable Blindness. With the successful completion of Rapid Assessment of Avoidable Blindness, PNG now has figures to advocate for. Special thank you to Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade for your support in successful completion of the Survey. Thank you also to Brien Holden Vision Institute and all the members of the National Prevention of Blindness Committee.
A recent survey completed this year on avoidable blindness has revealed that 40,746 people in PNG are blind in both eyes and 67,987 people are blind in one eye.
The common cause was untreated cataract and refractive error, while 61 percent of blindness is experienced by women.
This was revealed at the Annual Blind Walk in Port Moresby led by the Port Moresby Lions Club.
We will be joining the Port Moresby City Lions Club in the BLIND WALK on Sunday 8th October to support the National Prevention of Blindness to raise awareness on Causes of Avoidable Blindness.
In the recent survey that was coordinated by PNG Eye Care and successfully completed in April 2017 in PNG (Rapid Assessment of Avoidable Blindness), it was alarmingly found that:
The prevalence of blindness was 5.6% in people aged 50 years and over.
This means that about 40, 746 people in PNG are blind in both eyes and 67, 987 people are blind in one eye.
Common cause was untreated cataract (surgery) and refractive error (glasses)
About 61% of blindness is experienced by women.
Diabetes test conducted in NCD estimated prevalence of diabetes in adults 50 years and over was 7.8 %.
80% of those who had diabetes never had an eye check (test).
Nearly half (49.5%) of those newly diagnosed had some form of complication in the eye (retinopathy).
It was saddening to know also during the survey that, most people who were blind were unaware that treatment was possible.
Cataract surgical coverage and spectacle coverage is BELOW World Health Organisation’s recommended levels. THIS IS AN EMERGENCY – “Epidemic of Blindness!”
We are therefore inviting everyone to come join “THE BLIND WALK’, experience how it is like to be blind and help us raise funds to support the National Prevention of Blindness and Port Moresby Lions Club to address these issues with the National Government, the Provincial Health Authority and Eye Care Stakeholders.
Looking for a job? PNG Eye Care is looking for a Finance and Operations Manager. Interested Applicants can send your CVs to [email protected] before 26th October, 2017.
See details in the link below.
seek.co.nz Institute is seeking a Finance Operations Manager based in Port Moresby to develop and manage the financial and operational program activities in PNG.
We would like to Congratulates Mitasha Yu, Regional Director, Asia Pacific,of Brien Holden Vision Institute for being nominated as an Eye Health Hero. A well deserved award. Thank you for all the work you have contributed to Papua New Guinea contributed through PNG Eye Care.
iapb.org Home » Eye Health Heroes » Eye Health Heroes 2017 » Eye Health Hero: Mitasha Yu Eye Health Hero: Mitasha Yu Making progress in a developing context can be a case of encouraging positive outcomes by managing the balance between identified barriers, possible solutions and available resources: Mitasha,...
Faced with all the challenges in Papua New Guinea, from election related setbacks to diverse demographics, cultures, terrains and technological difficulties, PNG successfully completed the RAAB Survey. The data reveals significant eye health challenges. With a prevalence rate of 5.6% ranks PNG well behind her neighbors in the region and is potentially amongst the worst in the world. In the Highlands of PNG, this prevalence rises to 11.1% in females and 6.6% in males – and highlights significant gender disparity identified by the RAAB. Cataract and refractive error remain the two largest causes of avoidable blindness and diabetic retinopathy – like elsewhere in the Pacific – has been noted as an emerging issue.
PNG Eye Care would like to thank Brien Holden Vision Institute, The Fred Hollows Foundation Australia, the Prevention Of Blindness Committee, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), The University of Papua New Guinea (UPNG), International Agency for Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) and the National Department of Health. Special thank you also to everyone that participated in the Survey throughout Papua New Guinea. Not forgetting the Ophthalmologists, Ophthalmic Clinicians, UPNG Public Health Students, Nurses and everyone that collected data during the course of the survey.
We would not have done this without you all.
looppng.com The first national Rapid Assessment of Avoidable Blindness (RAAB) research in Papua New Guinea has revealed that 40,746 people in the country are blind in both eyes.
We would like to Congratulate PNG Eye Care General Manager, Mr Drew Keys for his new role as the Regional Program Manager (Western Pacific) for International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB). On this note also, we would like to thank you so much for your time, dedication and most importantly the change you brought to not only PNG Eye Care but the Eye Care fraternity as a whole in PNG. We wish you all the best in your new role.
PNG Eye Care together with National prevention of Blindness committee was delighted to host the Eye Health HR Workshop at the Lions National Resource Centre, last week. Thanks to all the participants and to Amanda Davis, Western Pacific Chair of International Agency for Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) for her facilitation.
PNG and Pakistan build relationships through eye health.
Last month, Sumrana Yasmin from BHVI Pakistan visited PNG Eye Care. This week PNG Eye Care General Manager, Drew Keys has had a chance to visit BHVI Pakistan projects. He toured the Rawalpindi Vision Centre and several projects in the Punjab state, including the BHV Optical Vision centre in Sohawa. He also went with the team to a school screening. Interestingly in Pakistan a school screening is called a "camp" whereas here in PNG its called an "outreach". Our visits to each others projects prove that whatever we may call them, our projects are similarly doing great things to help people to see and to transform lives.
Pic 1: PNG Eye Care General Manager infront BHV Optical Vision centre in Sohawa
Pic 2: Rawalpindi Vision Centre
Pic 3: School Screening or Camp
Pic 4: Vision Centre
PNG & Pakistan Eye Sector forge links through Gender Equity.
Last week PNG Eye Care General Manager, Drew Keys visited Pakistan to facilitate a Gender Equity in Eye Health workshop with his colleague Sumrana Yasmin, Director of Brien Holden Vision Institute Regional Office. Sumrana and Drew conducted the same workshop in Port Moresby last month and have now taken their PNG learnings to Pakistan. It was great to see Team PNG on the big screen in Islamabad, joining in-spirit with our friends from BHVI Pakistan, Fred Hollows Foundation Pakistan and Layton Raithmullah Benevolent Trust.
PNG Eye Care celebrates 1 year anniversary
Last week marked the first anniversary of the successful launch of the Lions National Research Centre for Eye Health. The past year has seen many trainings and meetings, such as Trachoma Workshop, Gender Equity Training and team training for Rapid Assessment of Avoidable Blindness. We are thrilled to host, with our partners at CBM, Associate Professor Dr Geoffrey Wabulembo who is training ophthalmologist registrars and all medical students. Thanks to UPNG, the National Prevention of Blindness Committee, visiting faculty such as Dr Amyna Sultan, Dr Jambi Garap and Dr John Farmer for all their support in the past year. Thanks to Brien Holden Vision Institute for making the NRC a reality.
Birthday week visitors included:
Pic 1: Stewart kreltzheim from No Roads to Health, with Dr Geoffrey W and Drew Keys
Pic 2: the team from Fred Hollows Foundation New Zealand
Congratulations Ophthalmic Clinicians of PNG
Today in Madang, the Ophthalmic Clinicians launched their Association. PNG Eye Care was proud to support, traveling to Madang to attend the annual Ophthalmic Clinician Workshop. Together with Brien Holden Vision Institute, we presented an overview of last week's Gender Equity in Eye Health Course. It was well received by our Ophthalmic Clinician colleagues. Thanks to them and our friends at Fred Hollows Foundation New Zealand for inviting us.
Pic 1: Samuel Koim , Dr. Jambi Garap, Dr. John Farmer and Sumrana Yasmin at Jacksons Domestic Airport.
Pic 2: Modilon Hospital Eye Clinic in Madang
Pic 3: Panelist at Madang Workshop- Marleen Nelisse (Fred Hollows Foundation New Zealand), Dr. Jambi Garap (President National Prevention of Blindness Committee), Sumrana Yasmin (Brien Holden Vision Institute), Theresa Gende (Ophthalmic Clinician Association)
PNG Eye Care was proud to be the first host organisation for a new Gender Equity in Eye Health Workshop, held at the Lions National Resource Centre over two days this week. The course was facilitated by Sumrana Yasmin from Brien Holden Vision Institute office in Islamabad and by Drew Keys, General Manager of PNG Eye Care. The course has funding support from Fred Hollows Foundation Australia. The course will next be hosted in April by Brien Holden Vision Institute Pakistan, with learnings and input from the PNG workshop participants.
Pic 1: Sumrana Yasmin teaching participants.
Pic 2: Participants with our fascinating panelists, Dr Bage Yamina, Dr Amyna Sultan, Prof Georgia Gulden and Cathy Neap
At International Women's Day Event at Holiday Inn Express, guests welcomed Brien Holden Vision Institute's Gender Specialist, Sumrana Yasmin, to PNG. We also congratulated Dr Jambi Garap on her recent Eye Health Hero Award in South Africa - a fitting celebration for International Women's Day. Also congratulated, Dr John Farmer after receiving his order of Australia Medal for optometry work in Australia and PNG - including much hard work boosting eye health for women.
Pic 1: Bernadette Kavu, Ruth Manta, Anna Naime, Wiolletta Rehlis & Sumrana Yasmin
Pic 2. Samuel Peter Koim, Dr. John Farmer, Sumrana Yasmin & Dr. Jambi Garap
International Women’s Day
PNG Eye Care is celebrating International Women’s Day by holding a reception at Holiday Inn Express to launch out Gender Equity in Eye Health Workshop. This initiative is co-sponsored by Brien Holden Vision Institute and Fred Hollows Foundation Australia. We’re excited to have Sumrana Yasmin, Brien Holden Vision Institute Regional Director for South East Asia and Eastern Mediterranean travel all the way from Pakistan to co-facilitate at PNG Eye Care. In a first for PNG, the course will be rolled-out here before PNG Eye Care’s General Manager travels to Pakistan to deliver the workshop in Islamabad in April.
The Gender Equity Workshop aims to draw attention to the following important points of disparity:
•Nearly 2/3 of people who are blind are women and girls
•At all ages, and in every region of the world, females have a higher risk of being visually impaired than males
•In some communities, the stigma associated with spectacle use is more apparent for girls and women
•Women and girls access eye care services less than men and boys.
•These disparities place women and girls in a situation of particular vulnerability, lacking access to the treatment and services which could prevent and restore vision loss.
The launch reception will be held at the Holiday Inn Express at 6:30 this evening.
Congratulations Team NCD for successfully completing the RAAB in NCD. Special word of thanks to Dr. Jambi N Garap, Dr. Apisai Kerek, Russell Kama, Anita John, Theresa Gende Tasha Oma'tii, Jonah Jerry and everyone in NCD for your tireless effort. It would not have been possible without you all.
Brien Holden Vision Institute
Gender equity is about identifying and overcoming entrenched barriers that prevent women accessing eye health services. You can find out more about our position on gender equity here http://bit.ly/2mjmGhL
Public Urged to Support RAAB Survey teams throughout Papua New Guinea
emtv.com.pg A request has been made by the Rapid Assessment for Avoidable Blindness (RAAB) Survey team for the general public to support the survey team during their visit to places to conduct the RAAB population survey.
Last week PNG Eye Care hosted Dr Fabrizio D'Esposito, Research Advisor for The Fred Hollows Foundation, Australia. Fabrizio accompanied PNG Eye Care survey teams who are undertaking the Rapid Assessment of Avoidable Blindness (RAAB). He noted how professionally the teams did their job as they took him to Gemo in Central Province, Hanuabada in Port Moresby and Vunabalbal, Kokopo District, East New Britain.The RAAB will collect much needed data to assist in planning for the future of eye care services in PNG. It is being implemented by Brien Holden Vision Institute with funding support from Fred Hollows Foundation Australia - working together with PNG Eye Care for our nation's future.
If you are having problems with reading or seeing things, far and near, you can always stop by at PNG Eye Care for a eye Check.
✅ Eye check is FREE.
✅ Prescription is FREE
✅ NO Appointments made
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If you know someone, a relative or colleague who is having difficulties with his/ her eye, you can bring her to the Vision Centre at Port Moresby General Hospital. We are located under Wards 7 & 8 and next to the Blood Bank.
This is a national wide Survey that will involve a Cluster or Village in every province (22) in Papua New Guinea. We hope to get it over the line before March ends. Look out for the teams!
emtv.com.pg Prevalence of blindness and visual impairment is very high in Papua New Guinea. Many have reported their cases while a majority still have not reported to the nearest eye care professionals to get help.
We would like to Congratulate John Farmer for being awarded Order of Australia Medal by the Australian Government on Australia Day (Jan 26th). You did so much for PNG and in particular PNG Eye Care. Thank you for your tireless and heartfelt contributions to eye care in PNG.
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PNG Eye Care is a local NGO working to address avoidable blindness in Papua New Guinea and the region. We aim to make spectacles accessible and affordable.