1. Affordable and accessible hospital and community outreach services for treatment and prevention of avoidable blindness
The new Takeo Eye Hospital building was inaugurated last 4 April 2010 by His Majesty King Norodom Sihamoni. The hospital has 64 beds capacity and conducts 200 consultations daily which include cataract, glaucoma, corneal ulcer, refraction, low vision and other eye problems. The optical shop provides the ready made and prescribed eyeglasses on the same day of the consultation. Daily 20 - 30 eye operations of various types are done with SICS, phaco and laser treatment for diabetic patients. The eye operations are done in the new operating room with 6 operating microscopes.
The community outreach services are done twice a week in remote areas and facilitate the referral of patients needing treatment and eye operations. Once a month follow up visit are done to villages where more patients failed to go to the hospital.
Research and intervention study are done to develop strategies to prevent common eye problems. Result of the studies are presented in meetings, in ophthalmology congress, and integrated in training courses for doctors, nurses and primary eye care training manual.
The social service and counseling section assists the patients in understanding the process of treatment. Identified barriers are provided by the hospital such as food, transportation, spectacles, medicines, further treatment and referral and provision for caregiver while at the hospital.
2. Implement the plan of the national program for eye health
The Basic Eye Doctor and Basic Eye Nurse training courses for doctors and nurses are now upgraded as the Ophthalmology Residency Program for three years, in collaboration with the University of Health Sciences and Diploma in Ophthalmic Nursing for one year, with the Kampot Regional Training Center both trainings are implemented in collaboration with the National Program for Eye Health. Specialize trainings are given to some doctors and nurses as requested by the National Program for Eye Health and their partner NGOs. Primary Eye Care training is given to health center staff and other NGO fieldworkers to facilitate early detection and referral of eye problems.
Takeo Eye Hospital aims to increase access for the rural population in Takeo province to essential eye health diagnosis and services through establishing the Vision Center in Kirivong Referral Hospital and Preykabas Referral Hospital
3. Develop the Gender and Disability Inclusive Approach to Community Eye Health
Takeo Eye Hospital ensures that services are available to all members of the community and that services are inclusive and benefits all members of the community. It is the right of all in the community, especially children, women and people with disabilities to be able to access and benefit from the eye health services.
CBM with the collaboration of TEHo developed the DIACEH manual. TEHo will continue to develop, test and implement the DIACEH manual with appropriate referral pathways of diagnosis – treatment - reintegration – rehabilitation in collaboration with program managers, organization leaders, and eye health staff and local community.