Seeking ophthalmologists for outreach work in Papua New Guinea

Issue: BCMJ, Vol. 60, No. 1, January, February 2018, page(s) 58 Pulsimeter

Youth With A Mission (YWAM) is seeking ophthalmologists skilled in extracapsular cataract extraction (ECCE) cataract surgery interested in volunteering for medical marine outreach in Papua New Guinea. Ophthalmologists are needed to volunteer on the M/V Pacific Link. Phaco machines are not used due to the density of the cataracts encountered.

YWAM works in partnership with the National Health Authority of Papua New Guinea and with ophthalmologists from Papua New Guinea who perform this surgery on the ship. Currently, the organization is short of skilled professionals for its next five outreach campaign in 2018 due to a shortage of specialists in the country.

Interested individuals should contact the main YWAM ship’s base in Kona, Hawaii, via email:, or call a recruiter at 1 808 757-9150. For more information about YWAM, visit