In 2007, in partnership with Divine Word University and Madang Provincial 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. This is currently the only training programme for eye nurses available in Papua New Guinea.
That same year we refurbished the eye clinic at Madang Provincial 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 Provincial Hospital 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.
In 2022, a solar energy solution was installed at the clinic so that critical eye surgery could continue without worry about power outages. This innovative solar system in a box was designed and built by Imperium Technologies and installed into a container which Timber Construction Solutions specifically fitted out for this purpose.
In 2022 the Madang Provincial Hospital Eye Clinic:
The Madang clinic is also the base for national surgical outreaches and local screening outreaches. Through these outreaches, they have reached a further 6,097 people who might not otherwise have accessed eye care.
In partnership with Divine Word University, the Madang Provincial Hospital Eye Clinic has