In terms of development cooperation, an important objective of a medical organization like AEC is to make itself redundant and transfer its tasks to local colleagues as soon as possible.
In Cambodia, we are on the right track in this respect. Ever since May 2000, thirty doctors and nurses were trained in the Pursat province. Up to 2005, these programs were continued and in close collaboration, 2,500 blind persons were examined in outpatient clinics and 600 eye surgeries had been performed.
Meanwhile, our Cambodian colleagues can provide permanent eye care on a moderate scale. Patients with eye problems are referred to Pursat, with AEC performing an advisory role.