The new G Adventures 20/20 Vision Centre in Cambodia is open for business!

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

On Monday March 12th the new G Adventures 20/20 Vision Centre in Moung Roussey  in the province of Battambang, Cambodia was inaugurated. The celebration was attended by the local community leader, Penny Lyons, Executive Director of Seva Canada, Kris Dhiradityakul, the Planeterra Ambassador for South East Asia, Shane Warmington  South East Asia Chief Experience Office (CEO ) Manager, and Mr. Ek Sarou Director of the Battambang Ophthalmic Care Centre (BOCC).

G Adventures representative cutting the ribbon at inauguration of the G Adventures 20/20 Vision Centre in Cambodia

Shane Warmington, G Adventures South East Asia CEO Manager, cutting the ribbon

“It was a simple and nice affair,” said Penny Lyons who cut the ribbon at the inauguration. And the new Vision Centre staff didn’t wait long to get to work, twenty patients were seen that day.

Seva Canada Executive Director, Penny Lyons cutting ribbon on new G Adventures 20/20 Vision Centre in Cambodia

Penny Lyons, Executive Director of Seva Canada, cutting the ribbon

The Vision Centre, funded through the Planeterra Foundation, a non-profit founded by  G Adventures, was built in collaboration with Seva Canada and the Battambang Ophthalmic Care Centre, Seva’s partner in Cambodia.  The Vision Centre employs an ophthalmic nurse as well as a field worker and has essential equipment for examining and treating simple eye conditions. About 90% of eye issues can be handled at the Vision Centre and those patients who need further care, such as cataract surgery, will be transported to the BOCC.

The Vision Centre will serve 300,000 people, mainly the rural poor who have had little to no access to eye care. It is expected that 6600 hundred people will be screened annually through screening camps, 200 people per month will visit the clinic itself and 3000 people will be referred for treatment annually to the Battambang Ophthalmic Care Centre.

One of the first patients seen at the G Adventures 20/20 Vision Centre in Cambodia

One of the first patients seen at the G Adventures 20/20 Vision Centre

Blindness is an enormous problem in Cambodia. There are about 168,000 Cambodians who are blind and, as is true in nearly all developing countries, 80% of this blindness is due to preventable or treatable conditions such as cataract.

The new G Adventures 20/20 Vision Centre in Moung Roussey is a big step towards helping Cambodians regain their sight and preventing loss of sight; transforming their lives and the lives of their families and communities. Children will be able to go back to school, adults will be able to go back to work and caregivers will be relieved of the burden of carrying for the blind.

 

When more Cambodians are able to lead healthy, productive lives entire communities will have a chance at a better future.

The new G Adventures 20/20 Vision Centre in Cambodia starts to take form

Thursday, November 24th, 2011

In September the ground was broken for the new G Adventures 20/20 Vision Centre in the province of Battambang, Cambodia. We are happy to report that the construction is going well and we have walls! Dr. KC, an ophthalmologist and Seva’s partner in Cambodia, went to visit the site and sent us some great photos showing us the wonderful progress that is being made.

Seva & G Adventrues 20/20 Vision Centre in Cambodia

The Vision Centre, funded through Planeterra Foundation, the charitable arm of G Adventures (formerly Gap Adventures), is being built in collaboration with Seva Canada and Battambang Ophthalmic Care, Seva’s partner in Cambodia. It is located in Moung Roussey, about 40km south of Battambang town, and will serve 300,000 people — mainly the rural poor who have had little or no access to health care.

Seva & G Adventures 20/20 Vision Centre in Cambod

Proposed OT room in the new Vision Centre

The Vision Centre, which will be finished in the spring of 2012, will employ an ophthalmic nurse as well as a field worker and will have essential equipment for examining and treating simple eye conditions. About 90% of eye problems can be dealt with at the Vision Centre and those patients who need further care, such as cataract surgery, will be transported to Seva’s partner in Battambang.

It is expected that 6600 people will be screened annually through screening camps, 200 people per month will visit the clinic itself and 3000 people will be referred for treatment annually to the Battambang Ophthalmic Care Centre.

In Cambodia, blindness and visual impairment are major health problems that have ripple effects throughout families and communities. With 80-90% of eye care issues being preventable or treatable, Vision Centres are vital for early detection and the prevention of blindness.

Seva & G Adventures 20/20 Vision Centre in Cambodia

“Cambodia lost so much during the war and conflict in recent years,” explains Dr. Chundak Tenzing, Director of Seva’s Sight Program. “Now, it’s as though they have to rebuild their health care system infrastructure from the ground up. But there’s already been real progress and we can see the way to keep improving.” The new Vision Centre in Moung Roussey is certainly a positive step forward in providing Cambodians access to eye care.

Keep checking back as we will continue to provide updates on the progress of the new Vision Centre.