Xieng Khouang is located in North Eastern Laos and is a very poor province. Most people are employed in agriculture and the countryside is mountainous. In the capital of Xieng Khouang, Phonsavan, is a provincial hospital. The hospital had a small eye department which had insufficient capacity to provide proper eye care to the whole coverage area.
In addition, the different areas of eye care were spread throughout the hospital, which was difficult for both staff and patients.
Therefore, there was a great need for an eye clinic in the area which is an important step forward in terms of efficiency and professionalism. The official opening took place on October 15, 2015. The Eye Care Foundation built this clinic in collaboration with the Lions Club Land of Cuijk and Northern Limburg.
In addition to various treatment rooms there is also a surgery room. The eye clinic is accessible to more than half a million people in Xieng Khouang province. Patients can get good quality eye care in the new eye clinic. The staff is able to efficiently carry out their daily activities in the new clinic.
The priorities for the eye care project in Xieng Khouang are:
- To support cataract surgeries at the new clinic and in the surrounding districts
- Improving and expanding of vision services
- The education and training of local staff in the field of eye care
- The donation of medical equipment and instruments