Nusa Tenggara Timur

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Nusa Tenggara Timur Program

Nusa Tenggara Timur (NTT) in Eastern Indonesia is one of the poorest and least developed provinces in Indonesia, ranked at number 31 of 33 provinces on the Human Development Index. Its population experiences some of the highest poverty levels in the country. In Nusa Tenggara Timur there is very limited capacity to undertake general surgery, and little or no provision for specialist surgery.

Fellows of the College have provided medical and surgical services at nominated hospitals in NTT through specialist volunteer teams, with funding from the Australian Government throughout 2006 and 2007 and community donations since then. The teams carry out identified health interventions and provide on-the-job training to local medical personnel in assessing and treating common conditions.

The College works in collaboration with the Overseas Specialist Surgical Association of Australia, Optometry Giving Sight and other organisations providing outreach programs in NTT such as the Sumba Foundation.

Between 2006 and August 2016, the Nusa Tenggara Timur Program has:

  • Delivered over 9914 consultations and 1524 operations across 6 surgical and medical specialties.
  • Up-skilled local medical staff by providing training for 160 local medical personnel in addition to running 2 primary trauma courses and basic anaesthesia courses in country for local staff.
  • Delivered the following specialist team visits to Nusa Tenggara Timur: 9 general surgery visits, 14 ophthalmology and optometry visits, 4 orthopaedic visits, 1 ENT visit and 1 paediatric visit.                                                                                                                                            

Sumba Eye ProgramNTT Photo 2

Sumba is an island in Nusa Tenggara Timur. The Sumba Eye Program, established in 2007, is an annual outreach program that provides specialist eye care to the population of West Sumba and training support for Indonesian eye health personnel. Outside of the two main towns, most of Sumba's residents live without easy access to clean water and health services. Malnutrition and infant mortality are enormous challenges. The hospitals in Sumba lack many resources and there are no local ophthalmologists or
optometrists.

The Sumba Eye Program collaborates with the DepartmentNTT Photo 3
of Ophthalmology, Hasanuddin University, providing on-the-job training to up-skill resident eye care workers and regional ophthalmologists. Each year, up to 800 patients receive an eye examination, to with 90 to 100 receiving sight restoring surgery, improving their function and mobility and enabling them to return productive work in the family and community.

Between 2007 and August 2016, the Sumba Eye Program has provided:

  • 10,000 eye examinations to Sumbanese
  • 1500 sight restoring surgical procedures
  • 7000 spectacles to correct refractive error

How can you help?

Donate to the Foundation for Surgery

The Foundation for Surgery supports RACS Global Health to provide vital specialist medical education, training and services to countries in need in the Asia-Pacific region. Donations to the Sumba Eye Program will be used to purchase the medical supplies and equipment needed to deliver cataract surgery, perform eye examinations and train local doctors and nurses.

Eyes for SumbaEyes for Sumba Cover 3Eyes for Sumba Cover 2

'Eyes for Sumba' is a bilingual book by Iip D. Yahya, celebrating the achievements of the Sumba Eye Program with a foreword from Bapak Irmawin Emir Wisnandar, Indonesian Consul General to Victoria and Tasmania.

The book tells the story of the Sumba Eye Program with striking photographs and many individual personal accounts by the patients, the Australian volunteers, local community health workers and even the local hotel owner, who goes to great lengths to welcome the team back to Sumba each year! Through multiple perspectives and remarkable imagery, the book gives a very rich insight into the need in Sumba, and why the Sumba Eye Program team is so dedicated its work and the people of Sumba.    

Cost: $35 (incl. GST & local postage and handling). All proceeds go directly to the life-changing work of the Sumba Eye Program.

Download the Order Form (PDF 240KB)

The Sumba Eye Program is supported by:

  • Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
  • Sumba Foundation
  • Rotary Clubs of Glenferrie and Kew
  • Optometry Giving Sight
  • The Wilkinson Foundation
  • Private donors, the local community and other charitable organisations

Contact

Program Director (Nusa Tenggara Timur) - Mr Mark Moore FRACS

Program Director (Sumba Eye Program) - Dr Mark Ellis AM FRACS
Hawthorn Eye Clinic
Telephone: +61 3 9819 2882
Email: mark.ellis744@bigpond.com

Optometrist - Mr Peter Stewart
Email: highonvision@bigpond.com

Program Officer - Shelley Thompson
Telephone: +61 3 9249 1211
Email: shelley.thompson@surgeons.org