EVERY school child in Cambodia will have their eyes tested under a bold proposal
by the Rotary club of Phnom Penh.
Second Prime Minister Hun Sen - who has
sight in only one eye - will be asked to be the public face of the
Rotary club president Geoffrey Blume said the project was
kicked off recently with the eye-testing of children at a Phnom Penh primary
Two Cambodian doctors had been sent to India to study eye-surgery
techniques, and equipment and training was being purchased for other
The eventual aim, likely to take about three years to be
achieved, was to have 80 teams of eye specialists canvassing school children
throughout the Kingdom.
Children who needed eye operations or glasses
would be given them free of charge.
Blume said he intended asking Hun Sen
to take part in promotional activities for the scheme.
"He knows how
valuable it is to have sight...He is the best person to speak and to help our
Blume said Hun Sen's staff had given preliminary approval, but
the Prime Minister would not be asked to take part until the program was up and