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Lions NSW Eye Bank snares key $73,000 grant for Myanmar project


Professor Gerard Sutton was featured in the Lions Clubs International magazine for his contribution to the development of eye bank services in Myanmar.

Below is an excerpt from the article.

Lions NSW Eye Bank has received an eXcellence in Ophthalmology Vision Award (XOVA) grant worth about $73,000 to support the development of eye bank ser vices in Myanmar.

The project, Upgrade of Eye Bank and Corneal Surgical Services in Mandalay, Myanmar is managed by Dr Gerard Sutton, Medical Director of the Lions NSW Eye Bank and Professor of Corneal and Surgery at Sydney University, in partnership with Professor Yee Yee Aung, the Head of Ophthalmology at Mandalay Eye Hospital.

The Lions NSW Eye Bank has been working at the Mandalay Eye Hospital since 2014, and the XOVA grant will enable the project to continue to support the hospital in establishing a self-sufficient cost recovery transplantation and donation structure by the end of 2017. Initially, the funding will be used to upgrade the existing eye bank. Funding will also support the purchase of new equipment and the introduction of a tissue preser vation technique called organ culture – which will allow for extended preservation time and help to improve facility efficiency and effectiveness.

Read the full article here.

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