The Kratie province is a vast and underdeveloped region, mainly populated by poor farmers. Large parts of Kratie are affected by floods during the annual rainy season. The Eye Care Foundation`s support in Kratie is aimed at sustainable, affordable and accessible eye care for all residents. The main focus is on the so-named group of near-poor patients: those who do not qualify for the government subsidy for the poorest Cambodians, but cannot afford to pay for eye treatment themselves.
The clinic has a highly experienced team of four eye care professionals, including one ophthalmologist. The eye clinic also organizes eye camps so that good eye care is accessible to the inhabitants of remote areas. Additionally, all health centres in the province employ at least one health professional who has knowledge of basic eye care. These health workers can provide basic eye care and refer people to the eye clinic when necessary. Twice a month, an eye team travels to one of the health centres to see patients found by the trained health workers. The patients are then examined, treated or referred to the eye clinic for surgery.
At the eye clinic, specialized nurses also perform eye tests. If necessary, they will make sure that the patient receives prescription glasses.
Renovated eye clinic
Since the eye clinic opened its doors in 2001, it has been in continuous operation. The extreme weather conditions in this remote area have damaged the building over the years. The clinic was therefore renovated in 2017. Take a look at the renovated clinic:
- To support (cataract) surgery
- Facilitating eye camps in difficult terrain
- Training in basic eye care for health workers and village volunteers
- Donating necessary equipment
- To support further training for ophthalmologists and ophthalmic nurses