The Clinics

Vanuatu National Eye Centre

Port Vila, Vanuatu

With Vanuatu’s first eye doctor in place, and a recent $2.5 million upgrade and expansion of the National Eye Centre, the people of Vanuatu now have far better access to high-quality eye care. Currently we are open for emergency cases only


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 a National Eye Centre in Port Vila. Then in 2018, nearly 17 years later, we began a $2.5 million upgrade and expansion of the National Eye Centre, which was officially opened in February 2019.

The upgraded eye centre, combined with the recent return of Dr Johnson Kasso, a Foundation-trained eye doctor, will go a long way to increasing Vanuatu’s eye surgery capacity from 200 to 800 per year. This will meet the target surgical rate to eliminate avoidable blindness in the country, as estimated by the World Health Organization.

The upgrade and expansion of the eye centre included:
  • Renovation of the current centre to provide dedicated diabetes treatment rooms
  • New theatre complex with fully equipped theatre and procedure rooms
  • Solar power system to provide the clinic with consistent, clean and sustainable energy
  • Secure, clean water supply
  • IT infrastructure to include safe storage of retinal images
  • Multi-purpose facility to provide a teaching and meeting space

See the progress of the eye centre project from start to finish

Watch the video

The opening ceremony on the 14th of February, 2019:

Information for patients and family of patients

Vanuatu National Eye Centre/Vila Central Hospital

Port Vila, Vanuatu
(+678) 736 5727

Opening hours

Monday – Friday 8:00am – 12:00pm, 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Saturday – Sunday & Public Holidays CLOSED

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