In May The Foundation announced the $2.1 million upgrade and expansion of the Port Vila National Eye Centre in Vanuatu.
The upgraded eye centre, combined with the upcoming return of a Foundation-trained eye doctor, will help to eventually increase Vanuatu’s eye surgery capacity from 200 to 800 per annum, which will meet the country’s needs as estimated by the World Health Organization.
Read the original announcement here.
Groundworks: May 2018
In 2016 we began training Dr Kasso who is expected to graduate in 2018. When he returns home he will become the nation's first eye doctor.
Here he celebrates the clearing of the site for the build of the clinic expansion.
Update: June 2018
Despite heavy rains causing delays the foundations have been laid and all framing is now up.
All timber has been treated and brought in from New Zealand to ensure the highest possible standards and longevity of the building.
Update: July 2018
As you can see almost every viable inch of real estate has been used for the expansion.
The new theatre is now taking shape — the roof is on and exterior walls are ready for cladding.