Timor-Leste’s infrastructure was almost completely destroyed in the violence that followed the vote for independence in 1999 — which also left the country without a viable health care workforce.
In response, Foresight initiated a program to address the critical burden of blindness. Foresight played a vital role in The East Timor Eye Program (ETEP), with a goal to make the nation self-sufficient in the provision of eye care by 2015 — and eradicate preventable blindness by 2020.
- Trained local doctors and health workers in surgical skills
- Financially supported East Timor’s first Ophthalmologist, Dr. Marcellino Coreia, to complete his training
- Developed infrastructure including installing air-conditioning, lasers and microscopes for clinical and surgical care
- Positioned Dili as a centre of training for ophthalmology and eye health workers
- Introduced a Pediatric Ophthalmology service program in 2010