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2015 Recipients
Nick Asbury & Covadonga Bascaran on behalf of the International Centre for Eye Health (ICEH), London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK

Aim

Improving cataract surgical outcomes through online continuing professional development education in diagnostic training in sub-Saharan Africa

The project

Annually, an estimated 2.3 million people across sub-Saharan Africa areShow More

Jane Ohuma on behalf of the Fred Hollows Foundation, Australia

Aim

Reducing the incidence of blindness and visual impairment due to diabetic retinopathy in Kenya through a systematic fundus photography-based screening program

The project

In Kenya, approximately 100,000 individuals have sight-threatening complications associated with diabetes, and this number isShow More

Gerard Sutton of behalf of Lions NSW Eye Bank, Australia

Aim

Upgrading the eye bank and corneal surgical services in Mandalay, Myanmar

The project

Corneal blindness is a leading cause of blindness in Myanmar. Despite a population of 54 million, fewer than 100 corneal transplants are performed each year in the entire country. This figure needs to be increased 50-foldShow More

Carla Jauregui on behalf of Orbis Charitable Trust, UK

Aim

Establishing the first wet lab training program for high quality cataract surgery for residents and teachers in the University of Malawi and Makarere University of Uganda

The project

Cataract is a major cause of blindness in Africa. Surgery for this condition is straightforward and cost effective; however,Show More

Mark Jacoby on behalf of the Sabona Sonke Foundation, South Africa

Aim

Implementing telemedicine screening and treatment for retinopathy of prematurity in the Nelson Mandela Metro and Cacadu District of South Africa

The project

The Eastern Cape Province of South Africa is experiencing a rise in the incidence of retinopathy of prematurity (ROP), a trend seen globallyShow More

2014 Recipients
Uday R. Gajiwala on behalf of Divyajyoti Trust, India

Aim

Bringing door-to-door screening for glaucoma, diabetes and hypertension to the Surat district of India, as part of a community-based rehabilitation program

The project

Umarpada and Mangrol Taluka are rural, tribal areas of the Surat district of India, where the majority of people are living in poverty withShow More

Elizabeth Kishiki on behalf of the Kilimanjaro Centre for Community Ophthalmology (KCCO), Tanzania

Aim

Improving pediatric eye care services for children with low vision and blinding eye diseases throughout Eastern Uganda

The project

There is currently no access to subsidized surgical services, medical services, glasses or postoperative care for children withShow More

Demissie Tadesse on behalf of Sight for Souls, USA

Aim

Scaling up eye care service volume in Ethiopia through the training and deployment of mid-level ophthalmic personnel

The project

Ethiopia is one of the world's most medically underserved countries, with especially high rates of blindness in urban centers such as Addis Ababa. In Greater Addis Ababa, cataractShow More

Clare Inkster on behalf of the VISION 2020 LINK Programme at the International Centre for Eye Health (ICEH), London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK

Aim

Providing high quality, affordable treatment for diabetic retinopathy in Nigeria

The project

The Guiness Eye Centre at Lagos University Teaching Hospital in Nigeria provides eye care to a population of 18Show More

Hyong Kwon Kang on behalf of the Myanmar Eye Care Project in partnership with RANZCO Eye Foundation, Australia

Aim

Developing an operating theater sterilization and aseptic pathway at the Wachet Hospital in Myanmar

The project

The Myanmar Eye Care Project, initiated in 2002, established sterilization and aseptic protocols that the local resources couldShow More

2013 Recipients
James Muecke on behalf of Sight For All, Ltd., Australia

Aim

Facilitating two years of hands-on training for three pediatric ophthalmologists and equipping their local centers with surgical instruments and diagnostic equipment

The project

Approximately half of all childhood blindness in Cambodia and Lao is avoidable, however, neither country currently has a pediatricShow More

Frank Magupa on behalf of Ona Network, Inc., Tanzania

Aim

Providing reliable, affordable and sustainable cataract surgery in the Tanzanian city of Dodoma and the surrounding region

The project

There is no existing cataract center in the city of Dodoma, representing a regional population of 2.1 million people. It is estimated that within this population, there are 10,Show More

James Muecke on behalf of Sight For All, Ltd., Australia

Aim

Facilitating two years of hands-on training for three pediatric ophthalmologists and equipping their local centers with surgical instruments and diagnostic equipment

The project

Approximately half of all childhood blindness in Cambodia and Lao is avoidable, however, neither country currently has a pediatricShow More

Lynette Grubwinkler on behalf of Youth With A Mission (YWAM) Medical Ships, Australia

Aim

Providing surgical care and restoring sight to individuals in remote areas of Papua New Guinea, and training and empowering local ophthalmologists to continue to provide much-needed ophthalmic services

The project

Cataract accounts for over a third of visual impairments occurringShow More

Marcus Ang on behalf of the Singapore National Eye Centre, Singapore

Aim

Providing free eye clinics and surgeries in remote Himalayan communities and training local optometrists to manage a sustainable eye-care clinic to provide basic and affordable care

The project

Due to the high altitude where Himalayan communities live, individuals are exposed to both excessiveShow More

2012 Recipients
Kannusamy Veena on behalf of Aravind Eye Hospital, Pondicherry, India

Aim

Reducing the number of undetected ocular defects in school children by training teachers to screen students for refractive errors and ocular diseases, and improving follow-up adherence to hospital recommendations and treatment

The project

An estimated 5–10% of Indian school children have visionShow More

Mildred Ulaikere on behalf of Deseret Community Vision Institute and Eye Foundation Centre for the Prevention of Blindness, Nigeria

Aim

Training local people to seek out children in their community with pediatric cataracts and other ocular defects and refer them for treatment

The project

There are an estimated 500 children in Ogun State, Nigeria, that have undetectedShow More

Yong Tao on behalf of People's Hospital, Peking University, China

Aim

Teaching local general practice doctors how to diagnose and manage common ocular diseases secondary to AIDS, such as cytomegalovirus retinitis and endophthalmitis

The project

The occurrence of AIDS secondary to HIV is at a peak in Henan villages. Ocular care is absent in these poor regions andShow More

Robison Vernon Paul Chan on behalf of Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, USA

Aim

Increasing the eye-care workforce trained in accurately diagnosing, managing and treating children with retinopathy of prematurity

The project

In resource-poor areas of Mexico, there is limited access to care by trained ophthalmologists who are able to manage retinopathy ofShow More

Joyce and Henri Samoutou on behalf of New Sight Eye Care, Impfondo, Republic of Congo

Aim

Empowering local people to pioneer the first and only eye surgical center in the north of the Republic of Congo

The project

The Republic of Congo is reported to have the highest incidence of blindness due to cataract in Africa. The north of the country lacks an ophthalmic surgeryShow More

2011 Recipients
Himadri Datta on behalf of the Regional Institute of Ophthalmology, Kolkata, India

Aim

Working with non-governmental organizations (NGO) to manage visual impairment and improve sight in the street children of Kolkata and its suburbs

The project

India has the world's largest burden of childhood blindness; it is estimated that 320,000 children under the age of 16 areShow More

Right to Sight in collaboration with Royal College of Surgeons, Dublin, Ireland

Aim

Establishing a cataract surgeon training center in Rift Valley, Kenya

The project

In Africa, an estimated 7 million people are blind as a result of cataract, and there is less than one ophthalmologist per million population. Right to Sight has been involved in over 20 cataract programsShow More

Luís Gonçalves on behalf of Oftalmocenter, Guimarães, Portugal

Aim

Establishing an ophthalmic centre for education and eye care in Guinea-Bissau

The project

Guinea-Bissau is one of the poorest countries in the world, and lacks the infrastructure and resources to support ophthalmic care. A humanitarian mission in 2010 identified the principal needs of eye care in theShow More

2010 Recipients
Giridhar Anantharaman on behalf of Giridhar Eye Institute, Kerala, India

Aim

Increasing awareness of diabetic retinopathy in Kerala, India

The project

Lack of awareness is a major limiting factor in the early detection of diabetic retinopathy. A pilot study identified that many patients are not aware of the possible complications as a result of diabetes mellitus, andShow More

 

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