The Sumba Eye Program (SEP) was established in 2007 and its main activity was to deliver eye care services to the large number of patients with avoidable blindness and low vision. It builds on RACS work since 2006 to provide medical and surgical services at nominated hospitals in Nusa Tenggara Timur (NTT) in Indonesia support . The program services are provided in the form of intensive outreach clinics, which were delivered annually at the main hospital, Rumah Sakit Umum Daerah (RSUD) Waikabubak.
Over time, the SEP has increased its focus on teaching and training of Indonesian health personnel in an effort to help establish a sustainable local infrastructure for eye care in Sumba. In the second phase of the program (2012 – 2016), ophthalmologists and ophthalmology trainees from Hasanuddin University joined the SEP clinics for training and collaboration.
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