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This was a very succesful trial that provided the first strong ophthalmological epidemiologic evidence from Myanmar - showing that Myanmar's residents are suffering from a high incidence of blind people, the highest ever recorded. High levels of preventable loss of sight have been observed, with many infants in need of major cataractic or glossy surgeries.
One important finding of the trial was that a young Yangon eye doctor, Dr. Than Htun Aung, was chosen for a 12-month pediatric eye care scholarship at Women's and Children's Hospitals in Adelaide, starting in 2009. In 2010, he was the first fully qualified pediatrician in his home county to return to Yangon Eye Hospitall.
During August 2008 a two-week course in paediatrics was conducted in Yangon and Mandalay Eye Hospitals by Dr. Deepa Taranath. Since there was no pediatrician in Myanmar, the journey was long past due and much valued, and a large number of infants were successfully cured. In July 2010, Dr. Jacques Darman conducted a YEH Eye Surgeon Training Seminar to improve the security, qualitiy and volume of Myanmar eye care.
The prizewinning "Teaching on the Run" course by Dr. Fiona Lake was held in August 2008 with the goal of improving the eye care professionals' instructional abilities at the three major educational clinics in Myanmar. In February 2010, Dr. Than Htun Aung received a 12-month course in paediatrics at Women's and Children's Hospitaller in Adelaide.
The first year after his comeback, the number of pediatric ophthalmic operations at Yangon East Hospital increased tenfold, and in 2014/2015 Dr. Aung became the second pediatric optician in Myanmar to train the specialist knowledge gained in Australia. This guy, Dr. Tin Mg Thant, has now finished his education with Dr. Aung and is back in Mandalay to head Myanmar's second pediatric ophthalmic department.
It was founded in October 2015. After returning to Myanmar in April 2017, our staff will contribute to helping the partially sighted. In January 2014, Dr. May Ko Ko Thet received a 12-month grant for the treatment of osteoporosis at the Royal Adelaide Hospital and Flinders Medical Centre.
Upon completing their scholarships in Australia, all of these scholarship holders return to Myanmar to lead their studies, where they are now passing on their new abilities and expertise to their peers and are currently educating their own scholarship holders for the state. Included in this program are nine refractive surgeons from five educational clinics in Myanmar to help with the diagnosis and treatment of eye disease outcomes.
Over the long run, the nine refractive specialists will continue to educate their counterparts in their own training clinics, thus enabling a life-saving and sustainable development of the research group. Many thanks to the Government of Australia, the Australians, the Yangon Eye Hospital, our visionaries and our nine refractionist staff for making this successful work.
It provided the Commissions with essential tools for the diagnostics and management of ocular disorders, particularly cataracts, the world's major cause of blinding. SEC missions in this ongoing Ophthalmology Service Provider provide the opportunity to collect information on the service delivery in each eyecenter and area.
Meetings were well frequented and some centers have 80 or more healthcare professionals with them to find out more about these diseases. Many thanks to the Government of Australia, the Australians, the Ministry of Public Works and Sports of Myanmar, our three traveling pioneers and the 14 SECs who have already paid us a visit for their commitment to this work.
This is the first year that Dr. Aung's extraordinary abilities have given the 20 million Myanmar infants the opportunity to use the highest standard of diagnostics and therapy devices. It has been set up with the assistance of the Government of Australia and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Gap lights, surgical micro scopes, A-scanners, keratometer, surgical kataract tools, A/C systems, instrument sterilizers and power generation units were delivered to centers in need.
In each of the centers, the Chief Operating Room Nursing Officer of Royal Adelaide Hospital taught community based nursing staff to improve and sterilize their skills in the use of micro-surgicals. In select ophthalmic centers, specialist medical staff were given healthcare training courses with the goal of raising public awareness regarding the accessibility of CAT operations.
A number of new centers have been set up - in Pyapon and Labutta in the Delta area, in the hospitals in East and West Yangon and in Shwe Kyin, Pyin U Lwin, Thandwe, Homealin and Sagaing. Today, the eye specialists at these centers perform all high-quality eye surgeries and improve the everyday life of ten thousand a year.