From 18 November – 1 December 2019, an AEC team conducted a total number of 146 eye surgeries in the Savannakhet Eye Hospital in Savannakhet and the Champasak Provincial Hospital in Pakse, within the context of the AEC Collaborative Ophthalmic Training Program for Southern Laos. For this, AEC also collaborates with local ophthalmologists and nurses.
At the invitation of the Ophthalmic Center of the Ministry of Health in Vientiane, AEC has also set up a separate training program for cataract surgeries, the so-called AEC Introductory Phacoemulsification Training Course. So far, six South Laotian ophthalmologists have successfully completed this training, and in 2017, two of them already actively participated in the work of the ophthalmic teams of AEC. In this way, a total number of 990 cataract surgeries have been performed so far.
Where possible, Asian Eye Care also provides ICT training and support in South Laos, inter alia for patient registration and supply management.
To permanently improve the eye care, AEC has donated ophthalmic necessities, including an Alcon Infiniti phaco machine to SEH and a Zeiss OPMI microscope. Up to now, the total donation in terms of apparatus, instruments, lenses, medicines and materials amounts to US$ 232,000.