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In Plain Sight

Australians Give Building and Medical Aid to Bali Eye Center

(12/15/2013) The Australian Government has given the Province of Bali a building, equipment and other assets of the Indera Hospital via the “Australia Bali Memorial Eye Centre (ABMEC).”

The head of the Australian Air Program (AUSAID), James Gilling, quoted by the State News Agency Antara, said: “I am sure the Government of Indonesia will continue the number of important programs undertaken by this facility (ABMEC) via expanded programs in the future.”

The transfer of assets took place on Saturday, December 14, 2013 in Denpasar.

Gilling praised ABMEC’s programs of mobile clinics that has provided free eye operations and treatment to the poor living in remote regions of Bali.

ABMEC was established and equipped by the government of Australia in the months following the October 2002 bombing in Bali that killed 202 people.

Over the course of the project the Australian government donated AU$10 million to create an eye center, provide equipment, train medical staff, operate a mobile eye clinic and provide scholarships to Indonesian medical workers.

The second phase of ABMEC assistance to Bali was formalized in 2007 in an agreement between the Australian and Indonesian government that provided for an eye center at the government-owned Indera Hospital.

Since 2011 ABMEC has become an independent Eye Hospital serving Bali and Eastern Indonesia.

The transfer of assets from Australian to Indonesia marked the end of the second phase of support for ABMEC commenced in 2011.