Vision 2020 Australia's Global Consortium (Gurrumul)

Uploaded by Vision2020Australia on 20.11.2011

Globally 285 million people are blind or vision impaired
80% of global blindness is preventable or treatable.
In 1999 the World Health Organisation and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness shared a vision.
Establishing Vision 2020: The Right to Sight to work towards the goal of eliminating avoidable blindness around the world by the year 2020.
The Australian Government through the Avoidable Blindness Initiative and Vision 2020 Australia’s Global Consortium share that vision for our neighbors in the Asia Pacific region.
Jennifer Gersbeck In 2008 with funding from the Australian Government’s
Avoidable Blindness Initiative, Vision 2020 Australia established
Jennifer VO: the Global Consortium. The Consortium approach has created a platform for collaboration
sharing of resources and knowledge in turn this has created an eye health approach that
provides access to specialist expertise, creates common goals for the greater good, builds
capacity of the members and reduces duplication of programs in-country. Resulting in massive
savings to national heath budgets and contributing towards the achievement of the Millennium
Development Goals.
Since then 14 programs have been implemented in 7 countries across the Asia Pacific region
these programs are strengthening national health care systems, providing sustainable
comprehensive high quality equitable eye care for the future of the region
Adrian voice over; In Cambodia Global Consortium partners are
working on programs focusing on developing infrastructure and human resources. Takeo
eye hospital’s capacity has been increased and services enhanced.
In recognition of the importance of eye health to the Cambodian Government and its people,
Vision Centres have been established at the regional Kampot Hospital and in Kiri Vong.
In these Vision Centres eye tests are carried out, spectacles are dispensed and referrals
are made ensuring that eye health services are available in some of Cambodia’s most
remote areas. Among the many people whose lives are being transformed is Yath a grandmother
from Takeo province
Shrayhorn- voice over of Yath granddaughter My name is Shrayhorn, my grandmother is blind.
She remembers my face but cries because she has never seen my baby brother Heap.
I take her hand and lead her around the village to stop her from falling.
She worries because she can’t work in the fields anymore.
I help her gather wood to cook our rice. 0:03:01:000,0:03:06.590 She says she is a burden to our family.
My father took her to the eye hospital, a long walk from our village.
The doctors took away her blindness and she could see again.
She was so happy to see her grandson for the first time.
She said now she can do things to help herself and her family.
And walk around the village and talk to her friends like she used to.
Dr. Meng On behalf of the Cambodian people I would like to thank to the Government of
Australia through the Avoidable Blindness Initiative with all the partners that supported
and helped to the people of Cambodia so I would like to thank you a lot. So Arkon
Adrian voice over; An Ling Seng was a general nurse from Kampot
Province in Cambodia. He wanted to train as a Refractionist because he was seeing so much
preventable vision loss amongst his people. His training at the Preah Ang Duong Hospital
in Phnom Penh is being funded through the Avoidable Blindness Initiative and when he
finishes he will use his skills to help people in his province see more clearly.
Eight month old baby Sok Koang has been brought to the hospital from a far away province by
his family. His mother Chonny, had noticed a problem with her baby’s eyes and could
see that he was very distressed. Sok Koang had cataracts and if left untreated could
lead to blindness. His cataracts were successfully removed and after the operation An Ling Seng
tested his eyes and made up glasses for him.
An Ling Seng; When I provided the glasses for the child I could see that he could see
he could touch something that I gave to him
I was so happy for his parents
I hope his future will be bright
Chonny Sok Koang’s mother; I’d like to say thank you very much to the government of Australia
Dr. Do Seiha On behalf of the National Program for eye
health and myself as the coordinator for eye care activity in the country, I would like
to express my greatest appreciation for the support of ABI for the eye care system development
in this country
Adrian voice over; In Samoa, Global Consortium partners are working
through a local NGO to reduce childhood blindness implementing a school screening program that
detects vision impairment as early as possible. At Puapua Primary
school of 11 children vision tested, 2 were found to have trachoma. Thanks to the Vision
screening program, these children can now be easily recognized and treated. Before this
program, the prevalence of avoidable blindness was significantly higher and many children’s
deteriorating eyesight went undetected until it was too late.
Tasi Leo; I think if Misiuepa was found during the school
screening, there is a big chance for him to recover his vision if we detected earlier
Adrian voice over; By the time, Misiuepa was taken to the Tuasivi
eye clinic, Eye Nurse Tasi Leo realized it was too late to do anything to save his eyesight
and he would go blind.
Tasi Leo; There was already damage done to optic nerves
on both his eyes so in my opinion as an eye care specialist there is no eye medical treatment
that can be of help for him
Adrian voice over; Misiuepa parents were worried that this meant
there would be no future for their son, but thanks to Australian Government funding, programs
are being developed and put in place for those children whose eyesight is severely impaired
and Misiuepa’s future is looking much brighter. The programs fund things like paying for a Teacher’s
Aide. Laptop computers are made available and Braille is taught, so that children like
Misiuepa will be able to attend a regular high school and develop skills and qualifications
that will enable them to lead full and productive lives.
Malia Milo, Teacher aide Im Misiuepa’s teacher aid my role is to
help him not only him describing textbooks and other study materials into Braille also
reading the contents of the blackboard whenever the teacher is using it. To liaise with the
family, staff members and students where appropriate to ensure Misiuepa’s visual impairment is
not a barrier to his full inclusion of his goals and aspirations.
Misiuepia I want to be a teacher who teaches vision impaired students just like me
Si’iva’a Misiuepa’s father; We thank the Australian Government because of their help, now that Misiuepa
has something new and a brighter future as he grows up
Misiuepa I want to thank the people of Australia
especially a man who taught me Braille
and gave me a good chance to go back to school
Fa’aea Mulitalo; Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture The Vision screening program that we are been working on would not have been possible without
the support and the assistance of the Australian Government and the Australian NGO’s
Mr. Leoto General Manager, National Health Service The two priorities that our Government always places are education and health so we’d
like to re-iterate our acknowledgment and thank you to the people of Australia for their
Tasi Leo; I would like to thank the Australian Government
for stepping in and helping with the school screening and with people like Misiuepa (pats him on the back)
that assistance was very much appreciated and I hope the
Australia will keep assisting young children for their future.
Adrian voice over; Results demonstrate that the Global Consortium’s
programs are working and are literally transforming people’s lives. Children who once struggled
to see can now go to school, thanks to a pair of glasses. People who are blind can be supported
to lead a better life. Men and women who were once blinded by cataracts can now see and
contribute to their family and community, enabling them to lift themselves out of poverty
Jennifer; By working to prevent avoidable blindness
and improve eye care for people in the Asia Pacific it is estimated that so over 100 million
people can have their vision improved or restored by 2020. This is an achievable goal and Australia
has the expertise and commitment to make this happen.
And there’s quite a few people who are benefitting from Global Consortium programs that have something to say….
Thank you Australia
Thanks to
Chocolate Studios, Melbourne
The people of Cambodia and Samoa for sharing their stories
Kimlin Chhun (Khmer) and Holly Williams (English) voice of Sreyhon, Yath’s Granddaughter
Creative Director/ Writer/Producer – Christine Weller
Cinematographer – Marcus Dineen Location sound/Stills- Paul Williams
Editor- Paul Williams, Sutton Grange Films Colourist- Vincent Taylor
Audio Engineer- Marc Judson, Chocolate Studios Narrator- Adrian Mulraney