Dec 14

December 14, 2018

The John Fawcett Foundation supports the Sumba Eye Program

“Elsi and Jovin , our newest Eye Care Nurse recruits to the Sumba Eye Program, spent most of October with the John Fawcett Foundation , in Bali. Time was spent developing and learning new eyecare skills both at the Bali Eye Hospital and in the field in Bali. They were supported by funds from the Sumba Eye Program ,Rotary Glenferrie... Read more
Aug 22

August 22, 2018

SEP Team August 2018 Visit Report : Surgical Procedures and Examinations Stats.

       “Another successful and exciting combined Surgical and vision screening trip to Sumba accomplished. During the first week of August the Optometry Team and its workers screened 1234 people,1146 people were given specs , 137 people were referred to the Ophthalmology Team for opinions and 128 procedures were performed.94 of these were on “blind” cataracts.Many of the other... Read more
Aug 15

August 15, 2018

Bali Journal of Ophthalmology : Methodology and Baseline findings of the Sumba Eye Program For more information and to download the full PDF article of the Bali Journal Of Opthomology use the above link. The Sumba Eye Program (SEP) is an outreach clinical eye service that delivers specialist eye services to the population in Sumba, Nusa Tenggara Timur, and training support for Indonesian eye health personnel. We report the baseline clinical findings from... Read more
Jul 26

July 26, 2018

“All Hands on Deck” 5.00 am Melbourne Airport

Konfir Kabo and his wife Monica  are taking 47 boxes of equipment, including the Tango Laser , as we speak to Bali. It was all hands on deck at 5 am at Tulla and with Garuda’s help , will be in Sumba when the SEP SEP Team arrives Saturday week.    ... Read more
Jul 3

July 3, 2018

A baby boy for Nefry and Johanes

The SEP team and its supporters welcome the arrival of Marcho, son to Johanes (John) Wawo and Nefry one the teams talented and hard working Eye Care Nurses. Marcho arrived last week, Mum and baby are well. Everyone at the SEP team is eagerly looking forward to meeting Marcho in August when they return to Sumba for screenings and mentoring... Read more
Jun 24

June 24, 2018


The New Tango Laser will be used on the next visit to Sumba later this year. This laser will not only treat post cataract surgery issues, but will treat those with glaucoma , where the use of drops to lower pressure is very problematical in rural Sumba. Funding has come mostly through generous grants  by Kew and Glenferrie Rotary Clubs... Read more
Jun 20

June 20, 2018

“BKH Print and Sign Solutions” donate 80 Numeral Letter Charts to SEP

Brad Heuvel from printing company “BKH Print and Sign Solutions” has been very generous in his time and expertise to help develop this new Numeral Letter Chart that really helps speed up screenings. Most of the Sumba population knows numerals and are numerate–but the majority are illiterate. Brad has recently donated 80 charts to the Sumba Eye Program. These charts... Read more
Sep 20

September 20, 2017


Dr. Adelina Poli from UNHAS in Sulawesi

. Dr.Adelina Poli from UNHAS in Sulawesi checking the eyes of a young Sumbanese child on our recent trip to Sumba- this collaboration with the Indonesian professionals is pivotal to the success of the SEP. In Anakalang in  Central Sumba,1103 people had their vision screened , 1101 spectacles were dispensed and 126 surgical procedures were done , mostly on people... Read more
Aug 29

August 29, 2017


Sumba Eye Program 2017

The SEP team leaving Tullamarine for another week in Sumba. Arrived safely in Bali and off to the Island of Sumba today. Although a lot of our equipment is over there, we still had 30 boxes of consumables and equipment to take.                                      ... Read more
May 8

May 8, 2016


Sumba Eye Program April 2016

First week of April 2016 saw The Team head to Sumba for mentoring and teaching camp. Janine Hobson and Chris Katapodis (Optometrists) headed to Sumba and provided lectures and one on one teaching to Nefry,Sani and the Nurses from the Sumba Foundation. Mark Ellis, Peter Stewart and Peter Lewis detoured to Sulawesi – a large island north of Bali –... Read more