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PNG Eye Doctors Get Global Eye Health Award

Image: From Left to Right: Drew Keys, General Manager PNG Eye Care, Dr. Jambi Garap, President of Prevention of Blindness Committee PNG, Samuel Peter Koim, Senior Manager PNG Eye Care, Mitasha Yu, Brien Holden Vision Regional Director, Asia Pacific and Anthea Burnett, Senior Research Office Brien Holden Vision Institute (BHVI) in front the PNG Eye Care Poster Display at ICC Durban, South Africa.

Dr. Jambi Garap and Dr. David Pahau have received one of the prestigious awards at the International Agency Prevention of Blindness 10th General Assembly in Durban, South Africa.

The Eye Health Hero program is an initiative of the International Agency for Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) in Partnership with the L’OCCITANE Foundation. It is designed to celebrate eye care practitioners and front line staff whose every day works behind the scenes is making a real difference towards world eye health care.

Out of the 24 winners who are selected throughout the world, two of them received travel grants through the foundation to receive the awards in person.

Dr. Jambi Garap was fortunate to be selected as one of the two grant winners. She was at the General Assembly and received the award in person on 30th September, 2016.

Papua New Guinea also presented six posters and two oral presentations about PNG around eye health. PNG Eye Care, Fred Hollows Foundation New Zealand and John Farmer presented on different critical eye health issues. Mr Drew Keys, PNG Eye Care General Manager presented on Lions Contribution to PNG and its significances while Dr. Garap presented on Prevalence of Trachoma in six districts in PNG.

The General Assembly is hosted by IAPB every four years. It was attended by over a thousand delegates and a galaxy of dignitaries from the political and public health spectrum. The 11th General Assembly will be held in Auckland, NZ in 2020.

Source: National Prevention of Blindness Committee – PNG’s Voice for Vision

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