In 2001, aware of the urgent need for eye care services in Vanuatu, we launched the country’s first national eye care programme and opened the Port Vila National Eye Centre. Now 16 years old, the National Eye Centre has not been upgraded since its construction and is very rundown.
The clinic is not large enough for the high volume of patients requiring treatment, in particular the operating theatre is not fit-for-purpose, and the clinic doesn’t have adequate facilities to screen and treat diabetic patients. The majority of the clinic’s equipment is defunct or broken, meaning any visiting outreach teams must bring surgical equipment with them.
The Centre has no permanent eye doctor and is staffed by Foundation-trained eye nurses who provide eye care services and create lists of patients for our Pacific outreach team or a visit from another eye doctor. This is set to change next year when Vanuatu’s first eye doctor graduates and returns home to provide eye care services.
We signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Vanuatu Ministry of Heath to work together to upgrade and extend the Port Vila National Eye Centre. The extension and upgrade will be furnished with new equipment and consumables to enable the eye team to provide high quality, consistent eye care, helping to ensure the people of Vanuatu do not go needlessly blind.
Watch this space!
Port Vila, Vanuatu
(+678) 774 5471
(Please note Vanuatu is two hours behind New Zealand)
Monday – Friday 8:00am – 12:00pm, 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Saturday – Sunday & Public Holidays CLOSED