Dr. Joyce Samoutou-Wong BSc (Hons) MBChB DRCOG DTMH MRCGP and her husband Henri are the founding directors of the charity New Sight Eye Care, and the 2012 winners of the international Excellence in Ophthalmology Vision award. Dr. Samoutou-Wong, a recipient of the Hong Kong Outstanding Students’ Award, graduated from Diocesan Girls’ School before winning a full scholarship to study at the United World College of the Atlantic in the UK. She then read medicine at the University of Edinburgh, which was followed by a stint as a visiting fellow at Harvard University. She has been involved in several humanitarian projects across the globe, including running a mobile clinic and creating a first aid programme that has since been completed by over 40,000 people along the ancient Silk Road in Uzbekistan.
In 2006, she and Henri relocated from the UK to develop a non-profit eye centre in a missionary hospital in the rainforest of Gabon. The eye centre has since become self-sufficient and continues to help around 6000 patients a year. In 2012, they founded New Sight Eye Care, and together with their three young children, moved to northern Republic of Congo to pioneer its first non-profit eye centre with surgery. New Sight provides full non-profit eye services including consultations, glasses, medical and surgical treatments, as well as free screening and community eye education in the villages. New Sight also empowers the local community by training nurses and administrative staff. They are passionate about transforming lives by giving the priceless gift of sight.