Blindness is a leading cause of disability in Indonesia. Based on the results of a recent national survey it's estimated that more than 2 million Indonesians are blinded by cataract.
The blindness rate in Indonesia is the highest in South East Asia, with an estimated 10% of school age children affected by refractive error. The main reasons for the backlog of cases needing treatment or surgery are low access to surgical services, lack of knowledge, high cost of surgery, and limited eye health staff and services outside of main urban areas.
Working together with our local partners, The Foundation:
- Trained nine surgeons, 20 clinic support staff and 870 community health workers
- Supported four medical teams to undergo surgical training in Nepal for modern small incision cataract surgery
- Provided $20,000 in medical equipment for distribution to the West Nusa Tengarra Provincial Eye Clinic and the University of Indonesia.
About the program
The Foundation is working with the Government of Indonesia to support its efforts to tackle avoidable blindness.
By building the capacity of local staff, providing much needed medical equipment, and raising the public’s awareness of treatable eye health issues, The Foundation aims to put in place effective and long-lasting solutions.
To achieve this, The Foundation is helping build the capacity of local eye health services by training clinical and university staff, and providing eye care equipment to government eye clinics.
Just as importantly, The Foundation supports the Government to ensure people living with treatable eye conditions are aware of the options available to them and have access to quality eye health services. The Foundation supports community education activities for primary health staff, volunteers and village health workers, as well as community leaders, religious leaders and village chiefs. The aim is to collectively raise awareness about blindness treatment and prevention, and encourage people to seek treatment.
The program aims to:
- Advocate for more local resources, planning and coordination on eye care
- Build ophthalmologist and eye nurse skills to screen and treat common eye diseases, and
- Provide the necessary equipment to targeted provincial and district hospitals.
Facts and figures
|Life expectancy||71.5 years|
|Infant mortality rate (per 1,000 births)||31|
|Population living on $1.25 a day||29.4%|
|Population which is undernourished||16%|
|Number of doctors (per 10,000 people)||1|
Source: UNDP Human Development Report 2010
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