In 2014, the Solomon Islands were in desperate need of a suitable eye care facility. Although there was a team of local eye care specialists, there was still significant need for proper facilities and equipment.
With that in mind, we built the Regional Eye Centre with funds generously provided by the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the New Zealand public. The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust and the World Diabetes Foundation provided additional support.
The build was completed in August 2015, and that same month we handed over ownership to the Solomon Islands’ government. The Centre is now managed by a local team within the Solomon Islands’ Ministry of Medical Health and Services and is helping in the fight to end avoidable blindness.
“Each member of the eye team is now in the best possible position to provide quality eye care in both clinical and surgical settings.”
– Dr Claude Posala, Head of National Ophthalmology Department at Regional Eye Centre
The Regional Eye Centre is powered by solar panels, relies entirely on rainwater, and has its own sewerage treatment system. As well as being kind to the environment, this provides considerable cost-savings to the local Ministry of Health. It also means the clinic doesn’t need to rely on the local electricity supply which is unreliable and would cost an estimated NZ$450 per day to power the entire centre.
Kukum Highway, Honiara
(Please note Solomons Islands is two hours behind New Zealand)
Monday – Friday 8:00am – 4:30pm
Saturday – Sunday CLOSED
In the clinics first year of operation, the eye care team: