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KTF’s Eye See PNG is a training/professional development program developed specifically for Community Health Workers in Papua New Guinea (PNG). The program content was developed by the Brien Holden Vision Institute in Sydney and was funded by L’Occitane Foundation.
New Ireland is the third province in PNG where KTF has delivered this program. Two representatives from PNG Eye Care facilitated the program and fourteen Community Health Workers (CHWs) from across the province, including from its remote islands, participated in the training. Eye See PNG is the first eye care training program to be taught to CHWs in the New Ireland Province. As part of the program, participants received Visual Acuity charts and were taught how to perform Visual Acuity eye tests, prior to this training the CHWs were only able to refer patients with suspected vision problems, and this is particularly difficult for patients who live on the outer islands of this province. The hardship involved in travelling to the provincial capital has meant that many eye conditions in these locations have previously gone untreated.
The CHWs acknowledged that their understanding of eye physiology, and diagnosis and treatment of eye conditions was very limited prior to participating in the training. All the participants interviewed agreed that their knowledge and skills have been improved by the training and therefore, now had new-found confidence in their ability to treat patients with eye conditions, rather than referring everyone. Providing CHWs who operate in these extremely remote communities now having the skills to diagnose and treat minor eye conditions and to test eyesight will hugely impact the eye health of people in the province.
The second phase of KTF’s eye health program is called Sight for PNG and will provide training to this cohort of CHWs in the use of an innovative refractive error testing equipment and the provision of affordable glasses. This part of the program is scheduled for 2019. The long-term outcomes of both these projects will provide greater education opportunities and increase workforce participation, leading to improved livelihoods.