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Experiences of vision impairment in Papua New Guinea: implications for blindness prevention programs

Anthea Burnett1 PhD, Senior research officer,
Aryati Yashadhana2 BA(Hons), Research assistant,
Maria Cabrera Aguas3 MD, Research assistant,
Yvonne Hanni4 BA, Research officer,
Mitasha Yu5 MPH, Subregional programs manager,

1, 2, 3, 5 Brien Holden Vision Institute, Public Health, Sydney, NSW, Australia.
4 PNG Eye Care, Port Moresby General Hospital, Boroko 11, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.

Correspondence: A Burnett, Level 4 North Wing, Rupert Myers Building, Gate 14 Barker St, Sydney, NSW, Australia 

Author contribution: Anthea Burnett: original concept, designed the project, devised survey tool, statistical analysis, statistical analysis, wrote the first draft. Aryati Yashadhana: literature review, contributed to drafts. Maria Cabrera Aguas: contributed to drafts, statistical analysis. Yvonne Hanni: collected data, input data, contributed to drafts. Mitasha Yu: statistical analysis, contributed to drafts.

Citation: Burnett A, Yashadhana A, Cabrera Aguas M, Hanni Y, Yu M.  Experiences of vision impairment in Papua New Guinea: implications for blindness prevention programs. Rural and Remote Health (Internet) 2016; 16: 3873. Available: (Accessed 17 October 2017)

Submitted: 13 January 2016
Revised: 15 April 2016
Accepted: 17 August 2016
Published: 20 October 2016