March-April 2006: Sight Restoration and
Blindness Prevention Project
During March and April, 557 people received free
sight restoring cataract operations under our Program, 129 in the
South Kalimantan Mobile Eye Clinic, 285 in the North Bali Mobile
Eye Clinic, 60 in the South Bali Mobile Eye Clinic, 83 in the Rumah
Sakit Indera in Denpasar (including 10 children’s cataract
A total of 7,682 people were screened for eye problems
in Bali, and 1,213 pairs of spectacles were issued free of charge
to people in the lower socio-economic group.
One Balinese child received a prosthesis eye after
an evisceration operation earlier in the year.
April 2006: General Patients
In April, 108 local people came to our Bali office
to seek general medical advice and referral, the main problems being
related to skin, fever, coughs, eyes, diabetes and epilepsy. The
more serious cases were referred to Australian specialists for diagnosis
and advice on treatment.
22-26 April 2006: Village Eye Screening,
YKI screening team, with a medical team from Rumah Sakit Indera,
traveled to the village of Catur, high in the mountains in Central
Bali, and screened 504 village people for eye problems.
The team distributed free glasses to 111 adults and
administered eye drops. Eight people were identified with blinding
cataracts, and these were referred to the Rumah Sakit Indera in
Denpasar for free operations.
The YKI team also visited six primary schools in
Catur, and tested the eyesight of 892 pupils, Seventy-nine of these
were prescribed glasses, which were later made up by YKI’s
optical technician and delivered to the children.
17-20 April 2006: Cleft Operations
Two children with cleft lips and one with a cleft
palate were operated by local surgeon, Dr Anom, and anaesthetist,
Dr Sukra, in Denpasar hospital, Rumah Sakit Puri Raharja, in the
Foundation’s regular Children’s Facial Reconstruction
Program. These operations were covered by donations from Poppies
Asia and individual donors.
11-13 April 2006: School Screening, Amed
YKI screening team tackled rough, muddy roads to check the eyesight
of 754 children in nine primary schools in the remote eastern end
of the island. This was a review visit, in conjunction with Patrick
Scott from the Rotary Club of Seminyak in Bali, following a previous
screening in the same area two years earlier. Sixteen of the children
and eight of the teachers required new glasses. Three children with
more serious eye problems were referred to the Rumah Sakit Indera
March 2006: Children’s Cataract
In three separate operating sessions, four young girls
and two boys were operated for cataracts and one evisceration was
performed on a young boy by Dr Dharyata in the Puri Raharja Hospital.
Dr Dharyata has been working with the mobile eye clinics in Bali
since the first clinic started operating in 1991. He is now the
Director of Rumah Sakit Indera in Denpasar. Dr Sukra was the anaesthetist
for these operations. Dr Sukra generously offers his considerable
expertise free of charge to the Foundation for these free children’s
operations. The operations were funded by donations from Rotary
District 9690, NSW, Australia, and from the American Women’s
2006: Wheelchair Distribution
In March, YKI distributed four donated wheelchairs
to needy disabled recipients – three in Bali, and one in the
neighbouring island of Lombok. The wheelchairs provide the recipients
with a mobility they would otherwise not have.
16-19 March 2006: Eye Screening, Ekasari,
with Adelaide Supporters Group
The YKI screening team, together with the North Bali
Mobile Eye Clinic Team and staff from Rumah Sakit Indera traveled
to the village of Ekasari in the northwest of Bali with the Foundation’s
Adelaide Supporters, a group of major donors to the projects. The
donor group helped the team with the refraction testing and witnessed
cataract operations in the mobile clinic. At the village screening
427 people were screened - 327 pairs of glasses were issued and
45 were identified as cataract blind and operated over the following
few days by the NBMEC team. The YKI team also screened 721 children
in four primary schools and issued glasses to twenty-four.
11 March 2006: Eye Screening, Nyuh Kuning
The YKI Screening team screened 336 village people
in the village of Nyuh Kuning, Ubud, and issued 307 pairs of glasses
to those who needed them. Many of those screened were ‘mangku’
from the priestly Hindu caste in the general Ubud district.
7-9 March 2006: Cleft Operations
Two cleft surgeries were performed in Rumah Sakit
Puri Raharja, Denpasar – a lip operation on a 10 month old
boy, Putu Eka, and a palate operation on a 20 month old girl, Indra
Dewi. The operations were performed by Dr Anom, with Dr Sukra as
6 March 2006: Eye Screening, North Bali Mobile
Eye Clinic, Singaraja Palace
The YKI Team, working with the North Bali Mobile
Eye Clinic Team, tested around 700 people in the Puri Singaraja
(the Palace), identifying 124 patients with mature cataracts. The
team issued 191 pairs of glasses, as well as eye drops to the patients.
The patients with mature cataracts were operated by the North Bali
Mobile Eye Clinic over the following days, and those with immature
cataracts will be tested again in a few months.
LEFT: Nengah, from the YKI Team, checks a patient’s
RIGHT: Gede and Komang, nurses from the NBMEC Team, checking and
measuring the cataract patients.
March 2006: Tumpek Landep
Tumpek Landep: the day the Balinese make offerings
for all things made of metal. The YKI fleet of vehicles, including
two of the mobile clinics, as well as the office computers and other
equipment, were blessed, hopefully ensuring a trouble-free period
over the next few months.