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  • Writer's pictureRachel Teoh

A4D Collaboration Makes History with First-Ever Diabetic Retinopathy Screening in Laos!

Nearly four years ago, Borey, a bright young man on our programme from Cambodia, faced a harrowing ordeal. Diagnosed with diabetic retinopathy due to his Type 1 Diabetes, he was on the brink of losing his sight. Thanks to urgent surgery, Borey's vision was restored, and now, he proudly crafts a future as a tailor, having completed vocational training through our ASPIRE Scholarship programme.

The waiting area at the Laos National Ophthalmology Centre. Those on A4D's programme waiting for their screening

Diabetic retinopathy, a serious complication of Type 1 Diabetes, can be effectively managed if detected early through regular screenings. It is caused by uncontrolled blood glucose levels that can affect the blood vessels in the retina which may lead to impaired vision or even blindness. Unfortunately, many on our programme do not have access to such screenings, but at A4D, we work hard to bridge these gaps where we can.


Explaining the screening to a parent as they wait for their turn

On March 19th, a landmark moment unfolded as A4D, in partnership with Mahosot Hospital, the Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC), and the Laos National Ophthalmology Centre, coordinated Laos' inaugural diabetic retinopathy screening.

Images of the screening done by the SNEC team with Dr Amphayvanh Manivong from Mahosot Hospital looking on

In this collaboration, 19 children and young adults from A4D's programme received screenings by experts from SNEC. This milestone marks a new chapter for A4D, and we are eager to expand these efforts in the coming months and years.

A recent picture of Borey with his trainer Auntie Sopheap

Borey's story is a testament to the importance of timely intervention. His early diagnosis and treatment saved his sight, allowing him to lead an independent life today. At A4D, our mission is unwavering: #TakingOnType1, one Diabetic Retinopathy screening at a time." 

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