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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
Aug 16

August 16, 2015

August 2015 SEP Team Visit -Summary.

AUGUST VISIT  2015 696 people screened  : many others screened in remote villages by the Optom/Hasanuddin University Teams 68 Cataract and Pterygium operations performed : 6/60 blindness or worse levels 605 spectacles dispensed Under much pressure to keep our equipment excess down we were not able to bring as many cataract operating kits and we had to leave behind a... Read more
Jun 10

June 10, 2015

The RACS Team : Royal Australian College of Surgeons

    Pictured are members of the RACS Team (Royal Australian College of Surgeons) . They work quietly behind the scenes ensuring that the SEP team can undertake their important work. L to R : RN Alison Plain (Head of SEP Nursing Team ) Sara Hudson, Stephanie Korin and Daliah Moss.... Read more
Jun 4

June 4, 2015

The RIMOPTICS Group prepares to ship out ready made frames for OGS to the Sumba Eye Program.

   Alon Cohen and Rohan Gibbon from the RIMOPTICS Group of Companies standing behind the next shipment of ready made frames for OGS and bound for its’ Sumba Eye Program. From the first hand experience Rohan had while volunteering in the Kilimanjaro region of Tanzania he has seen the enormous benefit Eyecare Programs have in these areas which is why... Read more
Jun 3

June 3, 2015

Preparations for the surgical/screening/teaching trip to Sumba in August are well under way

Plans are well underway for our surgical/screening/teaching trip at the beginning of August. Heading to Sumba are Drs Mark Ellis AM, Jon Ruddle and David Workman,Optoms Pete Lewis OAM, Pete Stewart OAM, Norm Russo and newbie OGS awardee Andrew Thomas (ARST) from Adelaide, Theatre Nurses Alison Plain and newbie Virginia Holloway , Self Funded Volunteer Anne Lewis and Rotary Volunteer... Read more
May 17

May 17, 2015

Janine Hobson’s thoughts on her first visit to Sumba as part of the SEP team.

   Thank you to my amazing optometry friends Peter Lewis, Chris Katapodis, and Peter Stewart and the inspiring Mark Ellis for giving me the opportunity to experience Sumba and the beauty, humility and patience of the people. Sometimes in our busy world the ability to sit and wait is lost but I found the experience of the last week so... Read more
May 16

May 16, 2015

The SEP Team returns from Sumba after a successful May visit

The Sumba Eye Program would like to thank all their loyal supporters for enabling the team to continue their life changing work in Sumba. Just returning from another successful visit, the team were very excited by the progress that the local SEP team nurses have made, allowing for an enormous amount of “one on one teaching” of refracting and pathology... Read more