The Clinics

Madang Eye Clinic

Madang, Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea has the most acute shortage of eye health workers in the Pacific region. Located in Madang, the Madang Eye Clinic offers the only training programme for eye nurses in Papua New Guinea and is crucial to addressing avoidable blindness.

History

In 2007, in partnership with Divine Word University and Modilon General Hospital, we launched a comprehensive eye nurse training programme in Madang. We train qualified nurses to tackle refractive error and cataract blindness across the country.

That same year we refurbished the eye clinic at Modilon Hospital, which we have continued to manage since. The eye clinic provides a full-range of eye care services, including diabetic laser treatment, surgery and surgical outreaches.

The demand for eye care services in Madang has grown substantially since 2007, which led to The Foundation investing in an upgrade of the Madang Eye Clinic in 2014. Treatment rooms were added to the clinic to expand eye services and a new operating theatre wing was built to allow a higher volume of patients to receive surgical eye care. The clinic also forms the base for nationwide surgical outreaches, which reach large sections of the population that otherwise have no access to eye care.

Information for patients and family of patients

Madang Eye Unit, Modilon General Hospital

Modilon Road, Madang
(+675) 4222 919

Opening hours

Monday – Friday 8:00am – 4:00pm
Saturday – Sunday CLOSED

Key Achievements

In 2019 the Madang Eye clinic, provided:

  • 8,282 consultations
  • 527 sight-saving surgeries
  • Dispensed 1,361 spectacles

The Madang clinic is also the base for national surgical outreaches and local screening outreaches which in 2019 saw a 75% increase in the number of patients seen compared to 2018. In 2019, this screening programme:

  • Reached a further 8,554 people who might not otherwise have accessed eye care
  • Performed 1,085 surgeries
  • Dispensed 1,733 spectacles

In 2019 in partnership with Divine Word University, the Madang Eye Clinic has:

  • Trained 86 eye nurses
  • Trained an additional 10 nurses or health workers in a certificate in eye care
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