Where we work

Solomon Islands

Ridged with mountainous landscapes and surrounded by coral reefs, much of the population is geographically isolated from health care services.

What are the eye health problems?

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.

Our work in Solomon Islands

Solomon Islands has a local eye care workforce who were trained by us at the Pacific Eye Institute in Fiji and operate from various hospitals and eye clinics across the country.

All Foundation-trained eye doctors and the majority 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 are working towards eliminating the backlog of cataracts 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 clinic is off-the-grid, producing more energy than it can use through its solar panel system.

The team get together to discuss the programme for the day, which will involve consultations, surgeries and follow-ups.
Pride, having his vision tested for the first time at age 44

Progress in sight

  • Dr Mathew Bonie, graduated in 2018 with a Postgraduate Diploma in Ophthalmology and is now based at the Regional Eye Centre in Honiara.
  • Dr Carole Poloso is studying at the Pacific Eye Institute in her final year of a Master of Medicine in Ophthalmology.
  • A national survey assessing the rates of avoidable blindness was conducted in 2017. The results from this survey will provide valuable information which will help us assess the impact The Foundation has had on eye care in the country to date and inform the development of our programme going forward.
  • At the end of 2018, we met our training target for eye nurses in Solomon Islands. These targets are based on international standards using population size and the geographical spread of the population. We will continue to train nurses from Solomon Islands where there is a need.

Where we work

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