Despite government hospitals in Cambodia expanding and improving their ophthalmology units in terms of equipment, training and service quality, almost all facilities remain grossly under-utilized. The reasons for low utilization include low literacy particularly among women, little disposable income available for healthcare, difficult travel, and profound distrust and fear of government programs. Women face additional barriers due to their low socio-economic status in the family and they are often unaware of eye care services that are available free of cost.

Vin Sophon Seva Cambodia In the fall of 2018, Seva Cambodia hired Sophon to provide Eye Health Awareness Sessions (EHAS ) to influential people in the communities such as village leaders, school principals and teachers, and religious leaders, about the causes of blindness, prevention, treatment and services available at the nearest eye care facility.

Strategies were developed to overcome the main barriers: fear of cost, fear of surgery, use of traditional medicine, and lack of a caretaker.

The EHAS program has proven remarkably successful in all four provinces supported by Seva Cambodia, more than doubling the number of people, (60% women), visiting screening camps and going on to have cataract surgery!

 The EHAS program has proven remarkably successful in all four provinces supported by Seva Cambodia, more than doubling the number of people, (60% women), visiting screening camps and going on to have cataract surgery!

Eye Health Awareness Session at Thmar Kol Battambang

Eye Health Awareness Session at Thmar Kol, Battambang, Cambodia

Sight Stories and News

  • Overcoming Barriers to Eye Care in Cambodia

    The Eye Health Awareness Sessions has proven remarkably successful in all four provinces supported by Seva Cambodia, more than doubling the number of people, (60% women), visiting screening camps and going on to have cataract surgery!

    Blog | October 2nd, 2020
  • Providing Eye Care in the COVID-19 World

    With the hospitals only providing emergency services and most employees continuing to receive salaries, several opportunities arose for individual and collective program evaluation and learning.

    Blog | September 14th, 2020
  • Synergy Collaborative Health: Care. Comfort. Cure

    Dr. Dave Sinha, founder of Synergy Collaborative Health in Cochrane Alberta, has made an incredibly generous commitment to sponsor a sight-restoring surgery every day and each time a patient accesses a third party aesthetic service at Synergy or an affiliated satellite site. We had the opportunity to talk with Dr. Sinha to learn why medicine and giving back through Seva Canada was so important to him.

    Blog | September 3rd, 2020