- Population of more than 90 million people
- Densely populated mainly in the Mekong and Red River deltas
- 80% of the country is mountainous, sometimes difficult to access
- 54 minority groups. Many of them live below the poverty line
- In particular, the minority communities have little access to health care
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What does the Eye Care Foundation do?
Since 1993 the Eye Care Foundation supports eye care in Vietnam. Initially, they organized eye camps operated by Dutch ophthalmologists and nurses, helping as many cataract patients as possible in a short space of time. Gradually, the focus has shifted to the development of sustainable eye care and comprehensive optical services. To achieve this, the Eye Care Foundation supports the education and training of ophthalmic and support staff, the establishment of Vision Centres in district and provincial hospitals, performing eye tests in schools and with the elderly and organizes activities around education and awareness. The Eye Care Foundation supports projects in four provinces (Dong Thap, Binh Duong, Ca Mau and Soc Trang) and in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi.
Currently, patients with vision problems in many districts have no opportunity to change their situation. Many people accept this because they believe that their problems cannot be resolved because there is no health care available. This for example this means that children with vision problems cannot keep up well in school.
In Vietnam, the current population with refraction problems are estimated at 15% to 30% of the population, which amounts to 12 to 24 million people.
- Educate and train ophthalmic personnel
- Establish vision centres
- Eye Exams in schools and including the elderly
- Education and raising awareness
The field office in Ho Chi Minh City opened in 2008. The country representative, Luong Thi Quynh Lan, supervises the projects. She is assisted by Mark Daggers. Mark Daggers plays an important role in fundraising. Lan and Mark are assisted by Tran Phan Quy Ngan, who takes on the administration and finances. The country representative reports to Elise Kenter, program manager of the projects in Vietnam and Laos. The team is assisted with medical advice by the Dutch ophthalmologist The Anh Mai, who works on a voluntary basis as a consultant for the projects of the Eye Care Foundation in Vietnam.
Contact details the Eye Care Foundation Vietnam
23 – Truong Dinh Street
Ward 6 – District 3
Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam