Young ophthalmologist honoured with Artemis Award
Associate Professor Marcus Ang of Duke-NUS Medical School has been awarded the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s 2019 Artemis Award for his work in creating free vision care for people across Asia, particularly the elderly in Singapore.
Since 2006, Assoc Prof Ang has served as Founding Director of Global Clinic Ltd, a non-profit organisation registered in Singapore that provides free eye care and surgeries in developing countries in Asia. He has organised and led programmes in many countries including Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Myanmar Thailand and Vietnam.
Assoc Prof Ang initiated the Mobile Eye Clinic Project in 2013, under the auspices of the Singapore Society of Ophthalmology. This programme provides free eye care to the elderly in underprivileged communities in Singapore, who regularly receive free eye care and appropriate cataract surgery or other basic procedures such as laser treatment or injections. Since its inception, more than 5,000 people have benefited from the Project.
The Artemis Award honours a young ophthalmologist in recognition of the tremendous work he or she has done to help disadvantaged communities obtain vision care. It is named after the Greek goddess Artemis, who was the protector and nurturer of the vulnerable and suffering.