Dr Susani Sarmento
One of the most common eye problems in Timor-Leste are cataracts. Although cataracts are treatable – they remain one of the main causes of significant vision loss or blindness in middle and low-income countries. The loss of sight can have a debilitating effect on daily life for individuals, the consequences are intergenerational and amount to many lost opportunities.
The East Timor Eye Program, managed by the RACS Global Health is committed to strengthening the national health care capacity.
One of our Post Graduate Diploma of Ophthalmology Trainees, Dr Susani Sarmento, recently completed cataract surgery training in Nepal.
Dr Sarmento successfully completed her training in November and can now perform small incision cataract surgery independently.
This training will help to address the current backlog of untreated cataract cases in Timor-Leste.
Dr Susani Sarmento’s training was generously supported by St Johns Ambulance Western Australia.