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Mar 31

March 31, 2022

SEP and FORESIGHT Australia update

From: Dr Mark F Ellis AM Just an update on the activities of the Sumba Eye Program, which is now under the umbrella of FORESIGHT AUSTRALIA. With the collaboration of the Ophthalmologists from South East PERDAMI and the University of Hasanudin, we have set up a “What’s Up” App platform for an advisory service for our Eye Care Nurses who... Read more
Oct 14

October 14, 2019

Eye Care in the Field 2019

Our SEP team screening vision in a remote village, on the verandah of a typical hut , although with galvanised metal roof. Traditional houses have these peaked shaped roofs, but with thatched grass instead. These villages are quite often only accessible by motorbikes, which the Sumba Eye Program have funded with generous support from Optometry Giving Sight,(now the Brien Holden... Read more
Apr 8

April 8, 2019

KODI : SEP Team visits 10,000 year old remote village – April 2019

       KODI  Village _ Sumba 948 people screened   921 spectacles dispensed Intense one on one teaching and enhancement of the  skills of the Eye Care Nurses Nefry, Sanni, Elsiana and Jovin The whole SEP team visited this remote 10,000 year old village.... Read more
Mar 10

March 10, 2019

Andirson Gawo Mata

               Andirson Gawo Mata About Me and My Story    (December 2018) I am Andy, my complete name is Andirson Gawo Mata. I was born in Modu, April 21st 1999, Waikabubak –West Sumba. I come from little family with two brothers and two sisters.My father named  Nicodemus Dasalaku and my mother named Elisabeth Manu... Read more
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