- A population of nearly 15 million in an area five times the size of The Netherlands
- 75% of the population lives in rural areas in extreme poverty, with little or no education
- Poor infrastructure in remote areas
- Industrialization is minimal. Agriculture is the main source of income
- There is a high dependence on international NGOs
- Economic growth is minimal and only since 1999 (after 30 years of war)
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What does the Eye Care Foundation do?
Since 1999 the Eye Care Foundation provides support to eye care in Cambodia. The aid is meant for people who are socially and economically disadvantaged. Our main focus is on building a strong and comprehensive eye care network; to provide good and affordable eye care in the provinces by establishing high quality eye departments in every hospital. These eye departments are responsible for eye care throughout the province. The Eye Care Foundation works in collaboration with the National Eye Health Program (NEHP), which falls under the Department of Health. The NEHP is supported by the World Health Organization (WHO).
- The construction and equipping of eye departments and eye clinics
- To provide eye surgery to prevent or cure blindness and/or visual impairment
- To hold eye camps in remote areas
- To support the national ophthalmology course at the University of Health Sciences in Phnom Penh.
- To provide additional training for ophthalmologists and ophthalmic nurses
- Teaching basic eye care to health workers and village volunteers
- To give information on the recognition and treatment of eye problems
The Cambodia office in Phnom Penh was opened in 2007. The country representative, Pol Sambath, supervises the projects. He is assisted by senior program manager Thong Chun Leng. Sambath and Leng are assisted by Ouk Somuny who is responsible for the administration and finances. Marguerite Anne Goulding works as a volunteer at the Eye Care Foundation office in Cambodia. The country representative reports to Yvonne Reifler, the head of projects for the Eye Care Foundation. Dutch ophthalmologist Hedwig Kemme works on a voluntary basis as a medical advisor for our projects in Cambodia.
Contact details Eye Care Foundation Cambodia
Tonle Bassac, Chamkar Morn
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
M. +85512 489628