WAO - Myanmar Cataract Mission
Welcome to the WAO Myanmar Cataract Mission webpage. The information here will provide you with an overview of the project... and once the mission kicks-off, we will be providing periodic report of our progress.
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The Wisconsin Academy of Ophthalmology is working in partnership with the Global Community Service Foundation (GCSF) and Lions International on a cataract surgery mission to the country of Myanmar (Burma). The needs in this country are very great with numerous people substantially blind from cataracts. For our first mission, we expect to visit two locations: the Sitagu Ayudana Hospital, in Sagaing Hills, Sagaing; this is very near the city of Mandalay. We also will go to the Meta Clinic at the Inle Lake area of the country.
Myanmar has more than 55 million people and one of the highest published rates of blindness. Only about 200 ophthalmologists serve the entire country, and most of them are in the two largest cities. It is estimated there is a current backlog of 600,000 cataract cases.
- Cataract surgery*
- Ophthalmic training for local doctors*
- Vision assessment and eye glass distribution
- Diabetes training and education workshop
* WAO-led segments
Read the complete report about our 2013 mission, prepared by Lion Dennis Brining. (PDF file)
We are gateful that six WAO members -- including two residents -- and five "civilians" will be making the trip. Our volunteers are: Arvind Saini, MD; Bob Sullivan, MD; Vernon Parmley, MD; Kevin Wienkers, MD; residents Justin Yamanuha, MD (UW) and Kweku Grant-Acquah, MD (MCW); and non-ophthalmologists Sumanta Chowdry MD, David Weissburg, Michael Parmley (medical student), Bruce Miller and WAO executive director Rich Paul.
Other Background Information
This page was updated 2/28/2013