“Restoring eyesight makes an immense difference to the lives of the East Timorese people.” - Dr Nitin Verma, Founder, East Timor Eye Program
The Eye Hospital Foundation is delighted to announce that they have re-committed to funding the East Timor Eye Project for another three years from 2016.
The East Timor Eye Program has been restoring eyesight and improving eye health in Timor Leste since the year 2000. The Program is helping rebuild Timor Leste’s eye health services by training local doctors, eye care nurses and eye care technicians and providing outreach services to five districts.
The most common eye problems in Timor Leste, one of the world’s newest and poorest countries, are preventable or treatable. They include refractive error, cataract, vitamin A deficiency and trauma, all of which can cause significant visual impairment or blindness.
To assist the East Timor Eye Project works closely with the Timor Leste Ministry of Health and the National Eye Centre to select and train local staff to improve national capacity. Training and up skilling the Timorese eye health personnel will ensure a sustainable and appropriate eye care program for the people of Timor Leste.
Through the Program, the first Timorese Ophthalmologist, Dr Marcelino Correia, completed his specialist training and graduated with a Masters in International Ophthalmology at the University of Sydney in 2010. There are now four junior doctors undertaking the Post Graduate Diploma in Ophthalmology and thirty-seven junior doctors undertaking the first year of the training program at the Hospital Nacional Guido Valadares (HNGV) in Dili.
The Program also supports medical, surgical and nursing ophthalmic training for Timorese doctors and nurses with support from visiting teams from Australia and a full-time international consultant ophthalmologist who works at the National Eye Centre in Dili.
Through the support of the program Timor- Leste’s first Prosthetic Eye Clinic was opened in 2014. The Prosthetic Eye Clinic will provide people who have lost one or both eyes through disease or trauma with access to safe, high quality artificial eyes as well as provide a space for training national technicians in the manufacture of prosthetic eyes.
The Eye Hospital Foundation congratulates the East Timor Project for the work they are doing and looks forward to maintaining its ongoing support.
For more information about the East Timor Project please watch this video or Download the media release
or Download the latest report from the program. View March to June Report. Alternatively visit our website: www.etep.org.au