The challenges of delivering health care in Solomon Islands reflect those across other nations in the Pacific region. With low spending on health, low ratios of doctors and nurses to population, poor health infrastructure, environmental vulnerability, and geography that isolates much of the population from health services it can be extremely difficult to receive essential health care.
Solomon Islands has a local eye care workforce trained by us at the Pacific Eye Institute in Fiji and operating from various hospitals and eye clinics across the country.
All Foundation-trained eye doctors and most of the Foundation-trained nurses are based at the Regional Eye Centre in Honiara, which we built, in 2015. With this facility providing increased surgical capacity, the team is working towards eliminating the cataract backlog and helping to address other eye conditions. An outreach team from Honiara provides support to the other eye nurses placed throughout the country, helping deliver eye care services to their communities.
The Regional Eye Centre is off-the-grid, producing energy through its solar panel system.
In the Solomon Islands, there are currently: